Breaking news: Thousands stranded as WOW Air ceases operations and cancels flights


DETROIT — Wow! Thousands of passengers are left stranded in Iceland and Europe with no way to return to the United States. On Thursday, budget airline WOW Air announced that it is ceasing operations and canceling all flights.

“Passengers are advised to check available flights with other airlines. Some airlines may offer flights at a reduced rate, so-called rescue fares, in light of the circumstances. Information on those airlines will be published, when it becomes available. Passengers whose ticket was paid with a credit card are advised to contact their credit card company to check whether a refund of the ticket cost will be issued.”

–Icelandic Transport Authority

Airlines that are stepping up to help stranded passengers include: Icelandair, Easyjet, Norwegian, Wizz Air and XL Airways. For more information about those rescue fares, visit

WOW Air was in talks with Indigo Partners and Icelandair Group to pay off some of its debt. When talks fell through, WOW made the final decision to shut down its business. Nearly 1,100 workers will be laid off and will have to find new jobs.

Discount airline WOW Air advertised $99 flights from Detroit to popular destinations in Europe. was there when WOW Air launched service from Detroit back in April 2018. Watch our video report below:

Video by Jason Rzucidlo / AmericaJR

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