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New Icelandic airline "Play" starts operations

Seven destinations in Europe are on the agenda

21 May 2021

The new Icelandic airline Play will start operations at the end of June 2021. Using three modern Airbus aircraft, the airline will initially fly from Reykjavik to seven destinations in Europe on.

The new airline is resplendent in bold red. Credit: Play

First Stop: London

From June 24, 2021, Play's bright red aircraft will fly to various destinations in Europe. The airline's first stop will be London Stansted, followed by Tenerife from 29 June. In Germany, Play will celebrate its debut on 2 July 2021: initially four times a week, on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, the planes will connect Berlin with Reykjavik.

London is the first stop Play is flying to in June. Credit: Eva Dang / Unsplash

In July, Play is adding more flights to Paris, Copenhagen, Alicante and Barcelona. Tickets can already be booked.

Dream Destination Iceland

Iceland has long been a popular destination for travelers who want to enjoy breathtaking scenery with mountains, geysers, glaciers, waterfalls and northern lights at any time of year. With a short flight time and affordable flights, Iceland is also a great choice for a weekend getaway. Culture, culinary experiences, and first-class hotels lure vacationers. In the mystical country, unusual activities such as whale watching, swimming in geothermal baths, multi-faceted cultural experiences and the special sight of molten lava await.

Mystical Iceland is among the most beautiful destinations in Europe. Credit: Andrey Andreyev / Unsplash

Birgir Jónsson, CEO of Play: "I must also point out that Iceland is currently one sight richer: minor volcanic eruptions, just 30 minutes from Reykjavik are currently being regularly observed up close by numerous locals - a special and indeed safe experience."

In 2022, the new airline also plans to add destinations in North America to its route network, offering low-cost long-haul travel.

This is what it looks like on board

By the end of July, Play's fleet will include three Airbus A321neo aircraft, which are three years old. Flights will be in an all-economy class configuration with 192 seats. Passengers can look forward to an extensive selection of hot and cold meals and drinks available for purchase on board. Payment can be made contactless.

With sufficient Corona security measures, passengers should feel comfortable at all times. Credit: Play

In view of the global COVID-19 situation, Play also has a goodwill policy that gives passengers sufficient flexibility when making new bookings. Both crew and passengers are required to wear mouth and nose coverings throughout the flight. The aircraft is cleaned after each flight, and daily disinfection also takes place. The HEPA filters installed by Airbus eliminate 99.9 per cent of any virus particles in the cabin air.

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