I am considering an itinerary (WW126-WW810) which would have me arriving at KEF at 4:30 am and departing at 6:15 am. My problem with WOW air is that I don't really want to pay €14 or more for airline food that probably ranks somewhere in the middle of the vomit meter.

So, I went to the airport website, and learned that there are a very few restaurants and coffee shops there. But... the web site would not tell me their opening hours! For every single place, it only states: "Open in accordance with flight schedule" which doesn't seem very predictable. I found another question about food at KEF here on Travel, but it only discussed late evening, and did not cover this early morning timeframe at all.

My basic question is, if I take these flights, am I going to be able to eat halfway decent food in Keflavik?

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    Be very careful flying Wow Air. They're almost always late. I never book a Wow itinerary with less than 3-4 hours transit time. (My first leg was once delayed 5 hours; the only reason I made my connection was because the second leg was delayed too.) Oct 26, 2016 at 6:41
  • According to sleepinginairports: Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate according to flight schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Joe & the Juice • Loksins Bar • House of Food • Nord • Segafredo. but A small 24-hour general store is available landside. - reading about security lines your problem might rather be time between flights.
    – mts
    Oct 26, 2016 at 7:31
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    Why not buy food at the origin airport or just take some with you?
    – JonathanReez
    Oct 26, 2016 at 7:55
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    @RoddyoftheFrozenPeas WOW Air from LGW to KEF, 13% was 16–30 minutes late, 9% was 31–60 minutes late, 7% 1–3 hours late. For Icelandair same route it was 15/9/2. Source. February, WOW Air, 10/6/10, Icelandair 11/10/3. March, WOW Air 8/6/9, Icelandair 17/9/1. I'd say that any flight from LGW is usually late, WOW Air or not…
    – gerrit
    Oct 26, 2016 at 13:49
  • @gerrit Statistics are statistics, but I've flown Wow 7 times in the past 2 years (most recently June) and at least one leg on all 7 itineraries was delayed departing or landed late. So, from my personal perspective their on-time rate trends to 0. But that's just my personal experience. Oct 26, 2016 at 15:52

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Update: I originally wrote this answer long before WOW airline ceased operation. With it gone, morning traffic in KEF starts about 1 hour later. The basic point remains, though, that restaurants are open during the 'connection period' between European and North American flights. However, during COVID this may not be accurate.

Yes, there will be restaurants open at that time. I took one of WOW's 6am flights just a few weeks ago and all of the restaurants were open by the time I got through security at around 4:40.

This is actually a very busy time for KEF airport as a lot of North American flights arrive between 4 and 6 and a lot of European flights depart between 6 and 8.

Note, however, that these are airport restaurants and priced accordingly. Buying food during your flight may not be any more expensive (although with fewer options). The WOWAir in flight menu can be found here: http://vefbirting.oddi.is/wow/wow_me_summer_2016/files/assets/basic-html/page-61.html (I usually have the baguette, decent for airline food).

Restaurant options in the airport (airside): http://www.kefairport.is/wheninkef/en/restaurants/

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    Also worth noting is that the restaurants and duty free accepted euros and US dollars (bad exchange rate, but convenient) change was given back in Icelandic. Oct 26, 2016 at 10:40
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    Yes, they do. You are probably best off paying with a credit card if you are a transit passenger.
    – Kris
    Oct 26, 2016 at 10:42

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