PLAY to fly to Porto

PLAY has launched ticket sales for direct flights between Iceland and the city of Porto in Portugal. Flights will begin in April 2023 and will be operated twice a week throughout October 2023.

Porto is PLAY´s second destination in Portugal. The airline operated direct flights twice a week to Lisbon this year which will be continued next year.

Scheduled flights will begin in April 2023 and will be operated twice a week throughout October 2023.

This will be the first time that scheduled direct flights between Iceland and Porto will be operated. Porto is a popular destination among tourists, and the city was selected as the best European destination by the European Best Destinations Agency twice, in 2014 and 2017.


In other news, PLAY carried 92,181 passengers in September, a decrease from August when PLAY carried 109,956 passengers. In September, the load factor was 81.5% compared to an 86.9% load factor in August and 87.9% in July. 

September is traditionally a challenging month in aviation with a drop in demand for holidays with a new school year and return to work so the market becomes more dependent on business traffic. However, PLAY’s hub-and-spoke network has had a very positive effect on the business, including aircraft utilization and decline in unit cost. On-time performance (OTP) in September was 86%.

Today (October 7), PLAY celebrates its inaugural flight to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.  PLAY will operate flights to Liverpool two times a week, on Mondays and Fridays. Passengers can now fly comfortably between Liverpool and PLAY’s four destinations in the U.S. as well as Iceland.

On September 1, PLAY announced a recruitment drive to fill 150 cabin crew positions and 55 flight crew positions for 2023 to support the company’s growth in the coming year. This received great interest and more than 3,000 applied for the positions. The selection process has already begun, and the first training courses are planned for December and will continue until June.

Top Copyright Photo: PLAY Airlines Airbus A320-251N WL TF-PPA (msn 9357) BOS (Fred Freketic). Image: 957899.

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