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Low Cost Carrier Launches Transatlantic $99 Flights To Europe

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A new low cost carrier from Europe is launching transatlantic flights to Europe this week, with tickets available for as little as $99. Based in Iceland, the new airline Play – which commenced its operations in June last year in the middle of the pandemic – is the latest airline to provide travelers on both sides of the pond with more routes between the two continents, just in time for what looks to be a summer full of travel. 

Whilst Play may find it tough to offer travelers the same class of service as established airlines that fly the transatlantic route, such as British Airways, one thing they won’t be beaten on is price – a move that will be welcomed by travelers, coming as travel prices reach record highs. Here’s a look at the new route that Play is set to launch this week – and why it is set to be a bargain fare.

Play Launches Transatlantic Flights – Information For Travelers

One of several new airlines to emerge from the pandemic, Play burst onto the aviation scene promising cheaper connections between the US and Europe, and has delivered thus far. Play’s first routes across the Atlantic became active just a few months ago, starting with flights from Baltimore/Washington D.C (BWI) back in April, before flights to Europe from Boston (BOS) were added the following month, on May 22nd. 

Each of the airline’s routes across the Atlantic to Europe features a stop-over in Iceland – which is a top international travel destination in its own right – followed by a shorter hop across to mainland Europe if a traveler is heading to another European destination. With Iceland having removed all of it Covid-19 related entry requirements, travelers can look forward to flying with Play and enjoying their connection in Iceland without having to worry about testing or proof of vaccination. 

Play is expanding its transatlantic operations even further this week, with flights from New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) to top European destinations such as Reykjavík, Dublin, Berlin, Paris and Copenhagen launching from June 9th. This will see travelers on both sides of the Atlantic offered even more choices when it comes to taking summer vacations – and it could be for bargain prices.

To celebrate the launch of the flights from New York, Play has revealed an exciting promotion on fares across the Atlantic. Ticket prices between New York and Iceland for travel between August 31st and November 16th will be as low as $99, whilst those wanting to fly a little further onto mainland Europe can look forward to fares as low as $129 – low prices that are almost hard to resist. 

Praising his airline’s rapid rise, Play's CEO Birgir Jónsson said the following:

“[The] flight from New York comes less than one year after PLAY’s very first flight from Iceland in 2021. Despite a challenging travel market, PLAY has still grown and established itself in Europe and the United States. We flew more than 100,000 passengers in our first seven months of operations.”

The airline has lofty targets of serving more than 1 million passengers in its second year of operations, and they’re clearly on the right track. With prices that catch the eye, versatile and customizable ticket options that allow travelers to save on costs or splurge for comfort, and more routes out of Orlando scheduled to launch in September, Play could well establish itself as a key player in the transatlantic flight theater.

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