Legacy carriers have long dominated the skies, but there’s always room for budget carriers who spot an opening. The emergence of Play Airline is an example of contemporary entrepreneurship fused with Icelandic ingenuity. Founded amidst the tumult of the 21st century’s third decade, Play has rapidly sculpted a niche within the competitive airspace of transatlantic travel.
A Brief History of Play Airline
Play’s genesis can be traced back to April 2021, when it secured a formidable six billion Icelandic króna (approximately $47 million) through a pre-IPO funding round . Under the stewardship of CEO Birgir Jónsson, Play soared into the skies on its maiden flight from Keflavík International Airport to London Stansted on 24 June 2021. That same day, marking its entry into the public market, Play’s shares began trading on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market Iceland following an extraordinarily successful IPO.
Play Airline Fleet
The airline prides itself on an all-Airbus fleet, reflecting a commitment to modernity and efficiency. The fleet comprises six Airbus A320neo and four Airbus A321neo aircraft, with the latter recently reconfigured to seat 214 passengers, enhancing capacity and operational efficiency.
Play Airline Baggage Fees
In the age of customised travel, Play offers passengers the option to purchase additional baggage allowances for up to three checked bags. The fee structure is straightforward, accommodating bags of 20 kg (44 lbs) and 23 kg (50 lbs), with provisions for excess weight up to a maximum of 32 kg (70 lbs).
Direct flights from Reykjavik
|Destination||Departure at||Return at||Airline||Find tickets|
|Amsterdam||27 February 2024||14 March 2024||Tickets from GBP 147|
|Barcelona||16 August 2024||17 August 2024||Tickets from GBP 466|
|Copenhagen||2 March 2024||12 March 2024||Tickets from GBP 168|
|Frankfurt||30 December 2023||31 December 2023||Tickets from GBP 281|
|Madrid||28 August 2024||15 September 2024||Tickets from GBP 284|
|Newburgh||6 March 2024||13 March 2024||Tickets from GBP 242|
|Toronto||4 March 2024||18 March 2024||Tickets from GBP 249|
Play Airline Fleet Destinations
Play’s wings span continents, with destinations including metropolitan hubs like Liverpool, New York, Paris, and Washington D.C., and idyllic locales such as Malaga, Mallorca, and Tenerife. The schedule is dynamic, with routes activated across different months, offering passengers seasonal travel opportunities.
Catering to a range of culinary preferences, Play’s on-board menu comprises an assortment of food, beverages, and snacks for sale, ensuring that every passenger’s palate is accounted for during their journey.
Flight Attendant Uniform
The airline’s crew uniforms, conceptualised by Icelandic designers Gunni Hilmars and Kolla, epitomise the ethos of comfort and functionality. Rejecting the rigid norms of airline attire, Play’s uniforms boast gender-neutral designs, relaxed fits, and an emphasis on comfort—right down to the sneakers.
Play frequently extends discount codes to travellers. Past promotions have seen discounts ranging from 20% to 25% off on flight bookings, with specific codes such as “PLAY2023” providing substantial savings. Search online for the latest codes.
Partners and Cancellation Policy
The airline’s partnerships and cancellation policy, while critical components of its operational framework, require direct consultation with Play Airline for the most current information.
ICAO and IATA Codes
- ICAO Code: FPY
- IATA Code: OG
Over to you
For the discerning traveller, Play Airline represents a refreshing blend of affordability, efficiency, and Icelandic hospitality. As the airline continues to evolve, it stands as a testament to the transformative potential within the aviation sector.