Beginning in April 2023, Icelandic long-distance low-cost airline PLAY Airlines will offer service between Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Reykjavik’s Keflavik Airport (KEF).
The flights will run daily on PLAY’s fleet of Airbus A321 and A320 planes, each with 180 or more passengers, according to IAD Airport, which announced the announcement.
PLAY, the 36th airline to serve IAD, will launch operations in 2021 and be the only low-cost airline flying to Europe.
“As the international gateway to the Washington, D.C., capital region, Dulles International is committed to offering a wide variety of airline products for our local community to access global travel,” Paul Bobson, vice president for airline business development for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said in a statement dated August 23, 2022.
“As a low-cost airline operating flights to Iceland and the rest of Europe, PLAY will add significant capacity in the low-cost international market segment,” Bobson added.
Play CEO Birgir Jónsson said: “PLAY has had a strong summer since the beginning in the United States this year, and adding IAD is an important move for our growth in the region. Washington, D.C., is a key destination for both European tourists and American travelers, and expanding our service with flights from IAD will strengthen PLAY’s presence while giving passengers convenient and affordable flights.”
PLAY began operating its first transatlantic route to the US in April 2022, arriving at Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). The airline launched its first trip from KEF to Boston Logan Airport a few weeks later (BOS).