This is a budget trip. SUPER budget. So I had to get from Cincinnati to the tiny French town of St. Jean Pied-de-Port. My journey started last Friday when Tim and I drove 4 hours from Cincinnati to Akron, where my parents live. He went back to work on Tuesday and Tuesday night, my parents drove me to Cleveland airport to catch a ride on Wow Airlines.
Wow Airlines are a new addition to many Midwest airports and provide budget travel to many European destinations, with layovers in Iceland. Yep, this is an Iceland airline. And they are BUDGET. Food, drink, water are all available to PAY for. There are no movies or technology to pass the time.
Weirdly enough, I didn't mind this. The flight to Iceland is 5.5 hours. Iceland to Gatwick was around 4. The flight left after midnight from Cleveland so the airport was dead and stress free. Then, since there's no first class, they actually did something logical and boarded back of plane to front. We were boarded and ready to go in under half an hour! They charge for carry on bags and strictly monitor the size. I didn't pay for a seat so I was stuck on the window and found the same cramped leg room as any standard flight.
Except...there were no blankets, no eye masks, no endless loads of crap that I normally have to stash under my seat. I actually found myself MORE comfortable. That being said, I'm short.
Also, they have some snappy marketing! They are clearly targeting millennials. I'm a millennial and I'm here for it. I bought one water and one pop after security and brought on some snacks.
Everything was perfectly fine until I ended up in Iceland's airport, a 4.5 hour layover, and my lack of sleep catching up to me. Luckily I found a hidden quiet place downstairs that was full of USB and European style charging plugs. So I hooked myself up a nest of technology, used some clothes for pillows and positioned myself in the paranoid "keep your bags" stance with hands through various straps. It was actually just what I needed.
There isn't shit to do in the Iceland airport. The Haribo gummy selection is nice. It's expensive as balls and you'd wish you'd just paid for the airplane food. But it was straightforward. Our flight left and arrived early in Gatwick. So no complaints here! And my nap was actually decent. Another plus point for the Iceland layover, absolutely free wi-fi.