Posted on: 07 November 2013 by Mark Howells
Icelandic low-fare airline, WOW air, has been awarded its Air Operator‘s Certificate (AOC) from the Icelandic Transport Authority, becoming the first airline in Iceland to be awarded the certification for 30 years.
WOW air completed its virgin flight to Paris on 31 May 2012 and took over Iceland Express at the end of last year. The AOC is an important part of growing and strengthening WOW air, as the certification gives the company responsibility and control over all the airline’s operations so it will not have to depend on any other airline operators.
WOW air has grown rapidly, doubling its staff numbers since last summer. In 2012, the airline carried around 90,000 passengers and is forecast to carry around 450,000 passengers this year. In 2014, an estimated 720,000 passengers will travel with WOW air. To accommodate this increase WOW air will operate five new Airbus A320s in 2014, compared to just two in 2012 and four in 2013. These aircraft are more fuel efficient and will be the newest in passenger flights to and from Iceland.
Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air, explained, "The AOC is a turning point in the history of aviation in Iceland. I am proud of this accomplishment which will prove to be a cornerstone in the ongoing growth of the company. First and foremost I am grateful for the people that work for WOW air and have made the WOW brand come to life. I am also grateful for how well we have been received from day one."
WOW air will fly to 17 destinations in Europe and North America from next spring.