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3 January, 2019 - 11:03 By Kate Sweeney

WOW! Stansted coup as Icelandic airline switches from Gatwick

Ultra-low-cost Icelandic airline WOW air is moving its London Gatwick service across to Stansted from March 31.

The new schedule from London Stansted will see daily flights to Keflavik depart at 11:20, allowing passengers to make onward connections to the US 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 Stansted early this year.”

Flights are available to book now for travel on select dates between April & May and Sept & October.

To further expand its UK market, the airline will be reintroducing its Edinburgh-Keflavik route following a seasonal pause, with flights starting in June. Flights will operate three times per week, also ensuring time for transatlantic connections.

Stansted officials are meanwhile stepping up efforts to bring direct flights to China and India  to the Essex hub as a matter of priority.

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