Wow Air has flown to Tel Aviv for the past 13 months, but they will suspend flights to Tel Aviv after 10/25/18.
I wrote about the flight suspension back in July and said that, “It’s still possible that Tel Aviv flights will continue or that the route will be available in the summer time only going forward. Or it’s possible that they will pull out of the Israel market entirely.”
The good news is that Wow will indeed resume flights to Tel Aviv starting 6/11/19. Tickets should go on sale for next summer starting tomorrow.
In fact they will be increasing the frequency of the flight from 3 times per week to 4 times per week when it resumes. Flights will operate from Reykjavik to Tel Aviv on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday while return flights from Tel Aviv to Reykjavik will operate on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Wow had sale fares from the US to Tel Aviv for as little as $220 round-trip, making them one of the cheapest options to Israel. As an ultra-low-cost carrier, they work better for some than others. If you can hop on a plane and don’t need a lot of luggage, don’t need a specific seat, and are OK if you wind up delayed overnight in Iceland then it’s fantastic. If that’s not how you travel, then the model becomes less attractive.
The flight sits on the ground in Tel Aviv from 4:55pm until 8:55am the next morning as flights have to be timed for connections in Reykjavik. That means the plane does a lot of sitting in Tel Aviv where it’s not earning flight revenue. That seems to have doomed the flight for the winter season, but Wow thinks they can still operate it profitably in the summer.
In other news, Wow will be ending service to Cincinnati, Cleveland, and S. Louis.
Have you flown WOW to Tel Aviv? Share your experience in the comments!