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New affordable airline allows students to travel the world

For students looking for affordable vacation tickets or potentially cheaper airfare for a European study abroad, prospects just rose.

International budget airline WOW air will be coming to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) this upcoming spring. Coming off a year during which low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines added routes from Cincinnati, this development adds yet another low-cost flying option to the airport.

Speaking to WLWT 5, CVG CEO Candace McGraw was excited about the acquisition. “They will begin service here on May 9, 2018, with direct service to Iceland, for the cost of $99 each way,” she said. “Yes — $99 for a six-hour flight to Iceland.”

An Icelandic company that began flying in 2012, WOW air has recently garnered a reputation for affordable flights to Europe and Iceland, though not without a few twists. Flying from Cincinnati to Reykjavik would be $99, with another $50 necessary to then route from Reykjavik to destinations such as Amsterdam, Berlin and Dublin.

“I used WOW air in December of 2015 to go to Reykjavik, Iceland. It had just started flights from Baltimore and my roommate and I stumbled upon [a] ticket for $300 round trip,” said Nick Kallinicou, a fifth-year student studying international business.

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WOW air is relatively bare-bones in its accommodations, with no offered in-flight entertainment or complimentary food and drink. Passengers are encouraged to bring their own snacks and entertainment systems to help time pass.

More importantly, packing light should be a priority. Included in the airfare is one small personal item which must fit under the seat. An additional carry-on item on a flight from CVG to Reykjavik would cost about $40 in advance, with checked bags around the $50 mark.

Fourth-year international affairs student Lisa Zimmer sees this as an outstanding addition to CVG.

“WOW air is going to open a whole new world to students wanting to travel at UC. They provide incredibly cheap fare to Europe while at the same time maintaining new (pink and purple) aircrafts with a great staff,” she said. “I think people are going to have more interesting spring breaks in the future than just going to Florida.”

Even with the potential costs, WOW air at present is one of the more affordable ways to fly to Europe, and its upcoming addition to the CVG roster is anticipated by many.

“You can now go to all the major Western European cities with WOW air via Reykjavik for half than what you would typically pay. I think this is great for Cincinnati, as students who could not travel before, have this opportunity,” Kallinicou said. “I was able to experience the Northern Lights in Iceland as well as the beautiful landscape and hot springs that Iceland offers.”

The acquisition opens up countless outlets to explore outside of the United States.