Budget travelers, prepare your wallets: Beginning this December, Iceland’s low-cost carrier, Wow Air, will launch new flights between the United States and India with one-way fares starting from $199.
The routes will take travelers from nine U.S. cities to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, with just a brief stopover in Wow’s home base, Iceland. (In a statement announcing the new routes, Wow Air’s founder and chief executive officer, Skúli Mogensen, noted that the shortest flight path from India to the U.S. East Coast goes right above Iceland—so the layover isn’t even off course.)
The cheap flights will depart from Newark (EWR), Boston (BOS), Baltimore (BWI), Chicago (ORD), Pittsburgh (PIT), Detroit (DTW), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), and St. Louis (STL).
It’s important to note that travelers will have to pay add-on fees for baggage and in-flight meals. Additionally, ticket prices vary depending on seating category. Basic seating starts from $199, while the airline’s premium seating, which is similar to business class, costs $699 one way. Still, the announcement is major news for no-frills travelers seeking an affordable way to visit India’s many highlights, from the Taj Mahal to the Himalayas.
“This addition expands on Wow Air’s promise to connect more travelers to as many diverse and exciting cities at the best-possible prices,” said Mogensen. “We are the first low-cost long-haul carrier to fly into India. It is an opportunity to change the game.”