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WOW Air Expands to SFO and LAX, Will Fly West Coast to Europe for as Low as $199

After experimenting with low transatlantic fares from the East Coast, Wow Air expands to California.

European low cost carrier Wow Air will soon begin offering low cost trans-Atlantic fares from two California cities, expanding the airline’s reach in the United States. In a press release, the airline announced the beginning of operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

The expansion to California is the first for the Iceland-based airline, which has been offering low fares from Boston and the Washington, DC area since 2015. Tickets opened for sale on Tuesday, January 12, with their website advertising fares as low as $199 for flights from the two California cities to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Reykjavik. Additional destinations connecting through Iceland were also available, including Berlin, Frankfurt and Paris.

“This is a game changer for Wow Air, and arguably the travel industry, making travel to Iceland and other European countries both easy and affordable from California.” Wow Air founder and CEO Skúli Mogensen said in the press release. “With the addition of our new long-range [Airbus] A330-300 aircraft to our fleet, we will be able to offer fares from Europe to the West Coast of the United States far cheaper than our competitors.”

However, the low fares come without certain benefits offered complimentary by competing air carriers. In line with many European low-cost carriers, Wow Air charges fees for certain carry-on items, checked luggage and selecting a seat prior at the time of booking.

According to Forbes, the Icelandic carrier will begin flying out of SFO on June 9, 2016, with five weekly flights, while service from LAX will begin on June 15, 2016 with four weekly flights. With the network additions, Wow Air will serve six cities in the United States and Canada.

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