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Play Airlines announces flights to third U.S. City

Play Airlines, the Iceland based discount carrier, announced it will begin service between New York Stewart Airport and Reykjavic on June 9.

The airline previously announced it would add service to and from Baltimore starting on April 20 and Boston starting on May 11. From Reykjavik, Play services 22 cities in Europe.

Flights will be on long range Airbus 320 and 321 aircraft.

https://www.businesstravelnews.com/Global/Low-Cost-Carrier-Play-Adds-US-Routes-from-Iceland?utm_source=website&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=btnrss2018

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Thansk for the post. I hope they are still in business when my wife lets me travel again.

Posted by
5567 posts

Given the history of this "new" airline (it's sort of a partial reincarnation of the former, now-defunct WOW Air), hopefully they will stick around for a while. And if they don't...hope nobody "gets played".

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27710 posts

New York Stewart Airport

Is that the same Stewart Airport in Syracuse? Had a couple of years in Syracuse and would be hard pressed to think of Syracuse as New York suburb, or even exburb.

New York State, yes, NYC, no way.

Posted by
11233 posts

Stewart Airport is 60 miles north of NYC. There is train service from NYC to near Stewart Airport.

Posted by
938 posts

Thanks, Frank, that's great!! It looks like several Play Airlines personnel, including the CEO, came from WOW Airlines. I hope that Play is successful. I flew WOW at the very beginning (from Cincinnati to Iceland to Amsterdam) and loved them. I paid $550 for a RT ticket (which included extras) and had a very good flight experience, so I hope Play can replicate that (well, maybe not the sudden shutdown). :)

I looked at their website and it looks like they are expanding fast. I hope they keep the extended layover in Iceland like WOW had. https://www.flyplay.com

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3655 posts

This is a fine location for Vassar students, West Point cadets, and the muscle car heads of Poughkeepsie, but really what a sacrifice in time for most people to go so far for a cheap fare, and few if any good connecting domestic flights.

Noting that Icelandair is already using fuel-efficient smaller jets (737 Max in this case) to serve deep into North America. It's a cheap way to ferry people to Europe if they don't mind the more claustrophobic conditions.

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27710 posts

are those the same 737 Max jet that had a tendency to stop short?

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3655 posts

Yes, the 737 Max is a workhorse of Icelandair. It will reach the West Coast from Iceland and all its destinations in Europe. Icelandair has their own 737 Max flight simulator.

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11233 posts

Actually, Stewart is a smart move. This area including up into the Catskills has seen amazing growth over the last few years. Offering a flight to Europe and not requiring these people to go all the way to JFK or EWR should be popular.