WOW air Pulling Out Of St Louis, Cleveland & Cincinnati
WOW air has been a very aggressive airline. They have been aggressive with their many sales and with their expansion into the US. They attempted to gain market share in the Midwest and it looks like that has failed on a few fronts.
After only 5 months in each of these cities WOW air is saying no more. St Louis’ last WOW flight will be January 7, 2019. Cleveland and Cincinnati were seasonal and WOW air will just not pick up service again this summer.
Detroit was the other city that WOW air added to their roster at the same time. They said there is no plan to pull out of Detroit at this time.
Removing from unprofitable markets is nothing new for airlines but to do it so soon after launching the route seems a bit odd. WOW was the only non stop flight to Europe out of St Louis.
USA Today reported that when asked specifically about the JFK and Dallas route WOW responded that they have not made a decision on those routes for 2019 yet. It looks like there may be more changes coming.
It is sad to see an undeserved area lose affordable access to Europe. I am glad Detroit still offers WOW’s service. I have been meaning to test them out for a while now after hearing good things from friends. Hopefully the Detroit area supports the airline enough that they don’t have to pull out of yet another location.
It will be interesting to see how it plays out with JFK and Dallas. I would think those areas would have plenty of support but the competition is also more fierce.
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