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WOW air switches Gatwick service to Stansted

Services to North America from Stansted have been boosted after WOW air announced that it is switching its London service from Gatwick at the end of March.

The Icelandic low-cost carrier's decision means daily flights to Keflavik in Iceland depart at 11.20am, allowing passengers to make onward connections to the USA and Canada.

Mats Sigurdson, Stansted’s aviation director, 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.”

WOW air is Iceland’s budget transatlantic airline serving 20 destinations across Europe and North America, including London, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto.

Created in November 2011 by Icelandic entrepreneur Skúli Mogensen, it operates Airbus A320 and Airbus A321/A330 models and has one of the world’s youngest fleets, with an average aircraft age of just 2.9 years.

In November, WOW air was named CAPA Low Cost Airline of the Year, and has ranked as the seventh best low-cost airline in Europe at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Skytrax World Airline Awards and was the youngest airline in the top ten.

In October, Primera Air collapsed, ending flights direct to New York and Washington from Stansted.

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