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WOW air collapses as it was about to resume services from Stansted Airport

WOW air's inaugural flight from Stansted Airport (8136254)
WOW air's inaugural flight from Stansted Airport (8136254)

Icelandic airline WOW air has ceased trading, leaving passengers stranded, just as it was about to resume services at Stansted Airport.

In December, the budget carrier announced it was switching its London service to Stansted from Gatwick at the start of April.

A spokesman for Stansted Airport said on Thursday (March 28): “We’re very sorry to hear WOW air has ceased operations, which is disappointing for both the airport and passengers.

"The airline wasn’t currently operating services from London Stansted but was due to return to the airport next month, so any passengers booked to travel are advised to check the airline’s website for the latest advice."

He added: “Our work to attract more airlines and provide passengers with even more choice of destinations continues.

"We already offer a route network of over 200 destinations, and earlier this month Emirates announced it will increase its flights to Dubai from Stansted from July.

"We are also actively involved in positive and ongoing discussions with a number of airlines, including securing more long-haul services to key markets across China, India and the USA.”

WOW air was created in November 2011 by Icelandic entrepreneur Skúli Mogensen, and served 20 destinations in Europe and North America, including London, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto.

Named CAPA Low Cost Airline of the Year, it launched its summer service from Stansted to Reykjavik in May 2018, offering onward connections to North America.

Bishop’s Stortford’s Premier Travel said that the collapse of the airline after failing to secure emergency funding was another reason for holidaymakers to be cautious when booking their summer holidays.

Director Paul Waters said: “The collapse of WOW air follows the failure of a number of other airlines recently, which is very concerning both for travel agents and customers.

“We are asking local holidaymakers to be very cautious if they’re considering booking flights with a low-cost carrier this summer, as sometimes they don’t know who they’re booking with.

"This airline collapse is yet another example of the importance of booking with a reputable travel agent, who can provide security, financial protection and reassurance if something goes wrong.”

In October 2018, Primera Air collapsed, ending flights direct to New York and Washington from Stansted.

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