WOW air announces flights to India from $199 One-Way
On Tuesday, WOW air announced they will begin service to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in New Delhi, India starting on December 5th, 2018. Service into New Delhi will route through their hub in Reykjavík, Iceland (KEF), and one-way fares will be available from $199 from the following US gateways:
- Newark (EWR)
- Boston (BOS)
- Baltimore/Washington (BWI)
- Chicago (ORD)
- Pittsburgh (PIT)
- Detroit (DTW)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- St. Louis (STL)
The airline will use brand new Airbus A330neo aircraft on the New Delhi route. These will be outfitted with the new optional WOW premium seats which offer at least 37″ of legroom.
“I am thrilled to broaden WOW air’s offering and bring low fare international service to India,” said Skúli Mogensen, found and CEO of WOW air. “We are passionate about continuing our mission of enabling everybody to fly by making international travel accessible and affordable for all, and look forward to expanding our global service to provide travelers with the opportunity to see many parts of the globe, whether for business or pleasure.”
This new route will be WOW air’s longest in their network at 4,800 miles. The airline claims that one-way fares will start at $199 and WOW Premium seats will start at $699 each way.
I did some quick searching from all of the U.S. gateways WOW air is offering service out of into DEL and I wasn’t able to find much availability at the advertised price point. WOW air is notorious for offering cheap fares but with limited availability. Further, the $199 one-way fare is a WOW basic fare. This doesn’t include a carry-on bag or seat assignment.
I can’t imagine there will be a lot of people traveling to India from the U.S with just a personal item, so it is likely that the WOW plus fare would make the most sense for the majority of people. The WOW plus fare starts at $630 round-trip and includes seat assignment, a carry-on, and a checked bag but still doesn’t include any food or drinks.
I did some quick searching via Google Flights from Boston into New Delhi, India around the same time and was able to find similarly priced fares on full-service airlines like Turkish. These airlines are generally going to be a better experience and will include food, drinks, better cabins and likely much better in-flight entertainment for about the same price.
WOW air’s entry into the Indian market will certainly put pressure on full-service carriers to lower their prices. This is ultimately good for the consumer. Unless you are willing to travel from the U.S. to India with just a small personal item, it likely makes sense to avoid WOW air and fly on a full-service carrier.