By Ron Howells • 07 August 2021 • 21:27
Icelandic low-cost airline Play launches three new routes to Spain. image: Play Airlines
Icelandic low-cost airline Play has announced the launch of three new direct routes to Spain.
Icelandic low-cost airline Play lands in Spain this summer with the launch of three new direct routes to Tenerife, Barcelona, and Alicante. Two flights per week on each route will depart from Reykjavik.
The airline, which offers 2,300 additional seats per week between Spain and Iceland, expects to reach occupancy of between 85 and 95% on flights this summer, “despite the complexities presented by the current situation.”
Play, which is a fairly new airline, was founded in 2019 and has started its global operations this summer with a first flight between the Icelandic capital and London on June 24th. It began its activity to Spain on June 29th with its first flight between Tenerife and Reykjavik, which now operates every Tuesday and Saturday.
While Tenerife and Alicante are being operated as regular services throughout the year, flights to Barcelona are currently seasonal, with a flight plan scheduled until the end of October and a restart scheduled for April 2022.
“When planning our operations, we were clear from the beginning that both Tenerife, Alicante and Barcelona should be included in our route network,” explained the CEO of the airline, Birgir Jónsson.
From December, Play has said it will add Gran Canaria to its network, expanding its presence in Spain and consolidating its commitment to leisure destinations in southern Europe. The company plans to add more frequent flights to existing destinations in the future.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
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