New airline Play to launch bargain transatlantic connections via Iceland flights

New budget airline Play has confirmed ambitious plans to start transatlantic flights from the UK next year.

The Icelandic-owned airline has applied for permission to operate the services from the US Department of Transportation two months after its first flight between Reykjavik and London Stansted.

The low-cost carrier received delivery of its third plane last month, with expansion plans for a further three aircraft in 2022, which will open up transatlantic travel for British passengers via Iceland.

Offering cut-price one-way fares starting at £30 from London to Iceland, the new airline, will operate a fleet of Airbus A321neo aircraft, each with 192 economy seats.

Play is yet to confirm which cities it will fly to Stateside. But chief executive Birgir Jónsson said: “We will launch the US operation, and the model is simply to connect the East Coast of the US and Canada to select cities in Europe. And that’s something that we will see happening, I would say, in March, April and May.

“You don’t have to be a genius to see that these are the major cities. I mean, it’s going to be New York, Boston, Washington and Toronto, these kinds of cities at least. Then we will see if we have some surprises.”

Tickets are likely to go on sale by November.

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