PLAY, a low-cost airline operating flights between the United States and Europe, today announces the expansion of its U.S. footprint with a new destination, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), offering affordable, convenient flights for both Icelandic and European tourists to explore the Washington D.C. area and for Americans traveling to popular European destinations.
When flights begin in 2023, PLAY will be the only low-cost option for flights from IAD to Europe. IAD represents the fourth largest U.S.-Reykjavik passenger market and the premiere gateway for international travel for the national capital region, making the airport a key opportunity for the Icelandic airline. This new route follows PLAY’s first summer of operations in the U.S. which have been strong thus far, having increased the airline’s load factor by 25% in July for a total of 109,956 passengers flown, more than the total number of PLAY passengers in 2021. As the eighth largest city in North America, Washington D.C. is an important foothold for PLAY as it continues to expand its U.S. presence.
PLAY’s hub-and-spoke model enables the airline to offer affordable rates that will stand out among competitors as passengers plan travel for the upcoming spring and summer months. Flights from IAD will complement PLAY’s flights from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), giving passengers two options for affordable travel between Iceland, Europe, and the U.S.
To serve the local market, PLAY will operate Airbus A321 and A320 aircraft from IAD. PLAY’s passengers will also benefit from the Washington Metro’s Silver Line extension, which will connect the airport to Washington D.C. beginning this fall.
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