Icelandic low-cost airline PLAY launched ticket sales this morning and will fly its inaugural flight between London and Reykjavík on June 24. The airline has scheduled flights between Iceland and seven European destinations. PLAY plans to expand its route network to North America in early 2022.
“It’s brilliant to be able to open up Iceland to UK travellers and offer competitive fares now that international travel has resumed,” states Birgir Jónsson, CEO of PLAY. “We are looking forward to providing safe effortless travel, and great value to people in the UK.” Birgir added that UK visitors will undoubtedly look forward to seeing the ongoing volcanic eruption on Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula.
Customers can now book flights with PLAY between Iceland and Alicante, Tenerife, and Barcelona in Spain; as well as Paris, London, Copenhagen, and Berlin. PLAY’s fleet this summer will consist of Airbus A321neo aircraft, with 192 economy seats each. The first aircraft commences operation on June 24, with the second and third slated for delivery in July. The aircraft are leased from AerCap.
Play’s inaugural destination is well-chosen: Iceland was just added to the UK’s green list of destinations. This means that travellers arriving in the UK from Iceland currently do not need to quarantine upon arrival. A pre-travel test is nevertheless required of passengers, as is a follow-up test two days after arrival in the UK.