WOW started flying from North America last September and they have had sale fares to Tel Aviv for as little as $220 round-trip.
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.
WOW got in some hot water earlier this year when they were busted advertising food from Tel Aviv as being kosher under the OK when in fact it was not OK certified.
Iceland based Viðskiptablaðið, a local business magazine, reports that Wow is considering dropping the Tel Aviv route. They say that “the flight has been successful, but landing charges at Tel Aviv Airport are high and the flight, which takes seven hours, is costly.”
The flight also 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.
Wow Air is selling tickets from Newark to Reykjavik through April 2019, but they have no flights for sale from Reykjavik to Tel Aviv past October 25, 2018.
WOW also has no flights for sale from JFK to Reykjavik after October 27, 2018. They started flying from JFK to Reykjavik just a few months ago.
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.
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