ICELANDIC airline Wow Air has added a new transatlantic route between Cork and Chicago via Reykjavik.
The twice weekly flights from Cork Airport to the Icelandic capital will commence on May 22 allowing Cork passengers connect with various US and Candian destinations including Toronto, New York, Boston and Miami.
Yesterday, Wow Air added Chicago's O'Hare Airport to their list of destinations with flights commencing on July 13.
The Cork to Chicago route will operate twice weekly on Monday's and Wednesday's departing Cork Airport at 11.35am and landing in Chicago at 4.40pm with a 90-minute layover in Reykjavik.
Return tickets on the route booked for July were priced at less than €600.
Wow Air said some fares between Cork and Chicago are priced as low as €139 one way, including taxes and charges.
Wow Air's announcement is the latest in a series of transatlantic routes between Cork and the US and Canada. Budget airlines like Wow, Norwegian and Ryanair are all making forays into the long haul routes.
On July 1, Norwegian will launch the first ever direct, transatlantic flght from Cork. The route will connect cork with Providence, Rhode Island allowing onward connections to both Boston and the New York.
The three weekly flights to Providence will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Norwegian is also looking at adding a direct flight between Cork and New York.
Using Wow Air and travelling via Reykjavik, Cork passengers will be able to connect with New York, Boston, Washington DC, Toronto, Montreal, Miami, LA, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Chicago.
Skúli Mogensen, CEO of WOW air, said: “We are very pleased to be flying WOW air passengers from Dublin and Cork to the Windy City. Chicago is one of the USA’s most iconic and important cities, and is steeped in history and culture.
“The addition of Chicago to WOW air’s growing list of destinations is part of our ongoing strategy to deliver even greater flexibility and convenience to our passengers, with more connections to North America via our Reykjavik hub.”
Commissioner at Chicago Department of Aviation, Ginger S. Evans said: “This announcement is great news for the City of Chicago and O’Hare International Airport. I want to thank WOW air for choosing Chicago as its first central destination in North America.
"This new service is estimated to generate approximately $80 million in annual economic impact for the Chicago region, and will boost tourism and business for both the cities of Chicago and Reykjavík," he said.