There is a new Icelandic airline in the business that is called PLAY. It’s a low fares airline in the same vein as the now defunct WOW Air. In fact, some of the people from there started this new carrier.

Operations started in June 2021 with flights from Keflavik in Iceland to Europe. Cities currently served include Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Tenerife and London.

PLAY is coming to Dublin

From 28 April 2022, PLAY will be flying between Dublin and Iceland three times per week. Flights will be operating on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for most of the year. During the initial period, some weeks will miss the Thursday service and only be twice weekly.

Services depart Dublin at 10:45am, arriving in Keflavik at 12:30pm. Return flights leave Iceland at 6am, getting in to Ireland at 9:45am. A very early start indeed! Modern Airbus A320neo jets will be used, and just like WOW Air before them, you will pay extra for virtually everything.

In an interesting twist, you need to actually register an account to proceed past the initial flight quotation screen on their website. Not sure how I feel about that! Extra fees on the services from Ireland come up as follows. A carry on bag and priority boarding is €22.10 per sector. Adding a checked bag is €28.05 extra per flight.

Seating at the front is €27.52 per seat, while down the back it’s €4.30, with variations in between. Don’t worry though, you can skip seat selection and get what you’re given at check-in. With both cabin bags and a checked bag but no seats, initial flights are pricing up at about €260 return.

Overall Thoughts

Good to see another carrier serving Iceland, and PLAY is sure to do as well as WOW Air once did. Iceland is considered a hot destination, or at least it was before 2020, so I assume it still will be.

Icelandair also fly the route between Dublin and Reykjavik, so you would be smart to check their pricing also. They are a standard airline like Aer Lingus and offer a business class cabin as well, for those wanting a little extra comfort.

What do you think of PLAY entering the Irish market? Will you fly with them? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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