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European Carriers Are Connecting Smaller Airports With Europe

Written by Charlie

Now you can fly direct to Europe from 4 Midwest airports. This is a great way to avoid the headache of larger international airports and leave from the comfort of your home city – for cheap!

WOW air and Icelandair continue to make a push into the US market to bring cities more connected with Europe. This latest push adds cities in the Midwest-ish area to the route map and make it more possible now than ever to avoid the congestion and connections of larger airports.

Smaller US Airports Now Connected With Non-Stop Flights to Europe

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Here are the new cities that these airlines are servicing:

WOW air

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • St. Louis, Missouri


  • Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland used to have several European destinations as a Continental hub. So, I am sure there will be a lot of central Ohio residents that will be quite happy about having two more airlines serving their area airport now with service to Europe.

Good Deal?

These flights will begin next Spring but they are already loaded up for sale and with fares as low as $99 one way. Being able to get on a plane and fly to Iceland from only $99 is a pretty great deal!

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Get cheap tickets to Iceland and beyond from these new Midwest airports

But, remember that with WOW you will be paying for all the things you are used to getting for free on other airlines – things like a checked bag, large carryon, seat assignment, and snacks. If you can travel in a minimal style, then you are good to go!

I am actually excited about these new cities being served because it means that people can avoid the huge annoyances of an airport transfer in some place like JFK or London just to get to Europe. Yes, you will likely have the same number of connections that you would have if you are used to booking with American, United, or Delta but you will be able to step onboard from your own home airport (that is likely much smaller than the other airports) and then change flights in Iceland – which is a pretty cool place to be anyway!

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Get a free stopover in Iceland!

Don’t forget that you can do some great things like getting a free layover in Iceland with these airlines as well. This is a great way to enjoy the beauties of the country enroute to your destination in Europe.

All in all, I am happy for this move. While I have not yet flown WOW, I think there will be a lot of people excited about them connecting their Midwest airports to Europe in a single hop.

Will you be booking with these new routes?

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • Didn’t two of these airports have service already to Europe? Detroit = of course; Cincinnati = Delta flight to Paris….

    • You are right though Detroit’s tickets tend to not be anything near cheap. And Cincinnati has had that flight as an on again/off again thing as far as Delta talking of pulling it. Maybe having WOW there now will convince Delta to just keep it there.