Icelandic low-cost carrier Wow Air has announced it will move its daily Keflavik flights from Gatwick to Stansted from 31 March.
Wow Air currently operates a seasonal daily service from Stansted, but these will not return after the move, essentially reducing the carrier’s London service to a single daily year-round flight.
From 31 March, flights will depart from Stansted at 1120 every day, which Wow Air says will allow passengers to connect to onward flights to the US and Canada at Keflavik.
The airline ran into trouble earlier this year and began cutting some of its US routes in an effort to save money. It was due to be acquired by its rival Icelandair, but the deal fell through and Wow Air instead entered into an agreement with investor Indigo Partners.
Wow Air has since been restructuring its operations, returning four aircraft to lessors and recently selling four more A321s to Air Canada.
In addition to the London route update, Wow Air announced it would reintroduce its Edinburgh-Keflavik service from June 2019. The flights will operate three times per week.
Commenting on the news, Mats Sigurdson, aviation director at Stansted airport, said: “We’re delighted that Wow Air has chosen to base its London operation at London Stansted airport. We saw really high demand over the summer from passengers choosing Wow’s flights to Reykjavik and beyond to destinations across the United States, and inbound tourism to London and the East of England. We look forward to welcoming more Wow Air passengers to London Stansted airport early next year.”