New airline Play to launch inexpensive transatlantic routes via flights to Iceland
New low-cost airline Play has confirmed plans to launch transatlantic flights from the UK next year.
The Icelandic airline applied for permission to operate the services from the US Department of Transportation two months after its first flight from Reykjavik to London Stansted.
The low-cost carrier received delivery of its third plane last month, with expansion plans for three more jets in 2022, which will open up transatlantic travel to British passengers via Iceland.
Offering discounted one-way fares from £ 30 from London to Iceland, the new airline will operate a fleet of Airbus A321neo, each with 192 economy class seats.
Play has yet to confirm which cities it will travel to in the United States. But managing director Birgir Jónsson said, “We’re going to launch the operation in the United States, and the model is just to connect the east coast of the United States and Canada to some cities in Europe. And that’s something we’ll see happen, I would say, in March, April, and May.
“You don’t have to be a genius to see that these are the big cities. I mean, it’s gonna be New York, Boston, Washington, and Toronto, those kind of cities at least. Then we’ll see if we have any surprises.
Tickets are expected to go on sale by November.
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