Icelandair and WOW air have 21 common destinations, mbl.is reports. Observers of the planned merger of the two companies are now debating how both companies’ route plans might be changed in the coming months.
The two companies fly to a combined 56 cities, 37% of these being serviced by both airlines. Icelandair currently flies to 45 destinations; WOW air flies to 35, although it actually serves 37 airports, as it offers flights to and from two airports in both London and the greater New York City area. WOW air has recently had to cut destinations, discontinuing routes to St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. Additionally, it is not currently offering flights to all of its advertised destinations, although passengers can book flights in advance for these on-hold cities. One example is flights to New Delhi, which won’t start being offered until December. Likewise, flights to Tel Aviv were suspended in October and will not resume until June.
Both companies plan to expand their route networks in the future. Wow air wants to expand by 15% and to offer increased flight frequency on its popular routes. Icelandair has planned a new implementation of its flight schedule for 2019, following changes which left it imbalanced this year, such as cutting night flights to Europe and morning flights to North America.