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Iceland’s PLAY Airlines adds Amsterdam to its network

Iceland’s PLAY Airlines has announced the addition to its network for the winter season. The airline says that it has added the capital city of the Netherlands to its network due to increasing demand for flights to/from Iceland in line with the improving status of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been allotted slots at Schiphol airport.

Starting 3rd December 2021, PLAY Airlines will operate twice-weekly flights between Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport. The flights will run with the following schedule:

  • Reykjavik-Amsterdam
  • Departure time: 06:10
  • Arrival time: 10:40
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: OG460
  • Frequency: Mondays and Fridays
  • Amsterdam-Reykjavik
  • Departure time: 11:35
  • Arrival time: 14:00
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 25 minutes
  • Flight number: OG461
  • Frequency: Mondays and Fridays

Flights will be operated by one of PLAY’s Airbus A321neos.

Birgir Jónsson, CEO, PLAY Airlines, said:

We have seen a big increase in sales in the past few weeks and we can sense that people are willing to travel again. We think this is the perfect time to broaden our network in Europe and to offer our passengers low fares to and from Amsterdam. We‘re hopeful that our newly added destination will be successful, both for our Icelandic and Dutch passengers.

The airline has achieved a lot in its first few months of operation. Operating its first flight at the end of June 2021, the carrier now operates service to several major European cities like London, Paris and Berlin.

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PLAY’s service to Amsterdam will be great for travellers hoping to visit and explore Iceland or the Netherlands. However, soon, it will become a gateway to the US for Dutch travellers and a gateway to Amsterdam for Americans. The reason is that PLAY will soon launch flights to the United States.

Recently, PLAY submitted an application to the US Department of Transportation for a foreign air carrier permit and exemption authority.

PLAY’s CEO has said previously that its US network is likely to comprise the cities of New York, Boston, and Washington, stating the following:

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, and Washington, these kinds of cities at least. Then we will see we have some surprises.

Once PLAY starts services to the United States, it will follow the path of other Icelandic carriers in offering connecting transatlantic itineraries through its Keflavik hub. This has been a core part of Icelandair’s operations as well as something offered by airline WOW Air before it ceased operations.

Featured image by PLAY Airlines

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