April 28, 2022 Back to all news

Dublin Airport has welcomed the launch of PLAY’s new service between Dublin and Reykjavik, following the take-off of the inaugural flight on the route this morning. 

PLAY, Iceland’s new bright red, low-cost airline took off from Dublin airport shortly after 10.00 am this morning, offering passengers affordable travel to the land of ice and fire. PLAY will operate the service up to four times per week. 

The roots between Icelanders and the Irish are strong and flying from Iceland to Dublin takes around two and a half hours. 

The addition of connectivity from Dublin opens a new direct route to Iceland with PLAY offering affordable flights to this dreamlike destination in the north. Iceland has much to offer, including brand-new lava fields, otherworldly landscapes, glaciers and waterfalls, all accessible from the modern-day capital city of Reykjavik. 

Speaking at the launch of the new service in Dublin, Dalton Philips, Chief Executive Officer of daa, operator of Dublin Airport said: 

“We welcome this morning’s inaugural flight from Dublin to Reykjavik. We are excited to see that Dublin Airport will enjoy increased connectivity to and from Iceland with PLAY. The increased access to and from Reykjavik shows how attractive the tourism opportunities are at both ends of this attractive new route.” 

Birgir Jónsson, CEO of PLAY, said: 

“It is so thrilling to have commenced our operations to Dublin. The roots between Icelanders and Irelanders are so strong and you feel it every time we get a chance to meet up. So today is big day of celebration for us at PLAY to have arrived to our good friends in Dublin. We see a lot of potential for this route between Dublin and Iceland and of course to fly passengers between Dublin and North America. We are certain our service will make travel more affordable, so passengers get to spend more on their destinations and less on their flights, or as we always say at PLAY: Pay less, PLAY more!” 

PLAY is a new low-cost airline operating flights between Iceland and Europe. The Icelandic airline is based in Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport and started operations in June 2021. PLAY operates three new Airbus A320 neo aircraft. 

Reykjavik is one of 180 destinations that Dublin Airport will serve worldwide this year, in partnership with 44 airlines, as it continues to rebuild its global reach following the devastating impact on the aviation sector due to COVID-19.