Edinburgh Airport welcomes first WOW air flight

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Edinburgh Airport has welcomed the first WOW air flight from Iceland.

Travellers arriving from the Nordic nation, as well as North America, were greeted at the arrival gate by a bagpipe player, providing an authentic Scottish musical welcome.

The new link with Edinburgh Airport is part of WoW air’s overarching aim of making travelling from Scotland to Iceland more arffordable.

Flights will go to Edinburgh Airport from the airline’s hub in Reykjavik twice-weekly between July and October on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Passengers from the airline’s North American destinations - Boston, Washington DC, Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco - can also fly to Edinburgh via Iceland.

Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air, said: “It’s an extremely proud moment to see the first WOW air plane set off from the runaway at Edinburgh Airport. As our third departure point in the UK, the commencement of this route signifies our continued growth in Britain and our aim to improve accessibility between the two isles. We look forward to welcoming Scottish holidaymakers on board over the course of the summer, en route to memorable adventures in Iceland, the US and Canada.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Scottish tourism punches above its weight on the world stage and this new service from WOW air, offering flights from Reykjavik to Edinburgh and connecting from five key destinations in North America, will further strengthen our connectivity in this hugely important market.

“The USA is our biggest global market and a diaspora stronghold, so we are delighted to welcome the launch of this low-cost service, which will allow even more Americans to enjoy a holiday in Scotland.”

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands, also praised the new link saying: “I’m delighted to see this new service get off the ground today and congratulate everyone involved. This link will bring real benefits to Scottish businesses - as well as being the gateway to Iceland.