This is an exciting time to find tickets to travel across the Atlantic as a number of European low cost airlines are opening new ocean routes at very low prices. Just in time for summer and the easing of travel restrictions in Europe.
This week is Icelandic airline PLAY’s first flight from New York’s Stewart International Airport (SWF) to major EU hubs such as Dublin, Berlin, Paris, Copenhagen and, of course, Reykjavik in Iceland.
In addition, this will be the first time that NYC Stewart Airport will use its $37 million new international arrivals and US Customs Enforcement expansion.
To celebrate the new route, ticket prices start at $99 to Iceland and $129 to other European destinations for travel between August 31st and November 16th.
It follows the first two routes launched by PLAY from Baltimore/Washington, DC (BWI) since April, and from Boston (BOS) since May 22. The company will launch a seasonal route from Orlando (MCO) starting October 1.
The airline offers a pay-as-you-go model, adding extra legroom and large bags for upgrades. Stops can also be included in the ticket price at no additional charge.
PLAY CEO Birgir Jonsson commented that “the flight from New York is less than a year after PLAY’s first flight from Iceland in 2021. Despite the challenging travel market, PLAY continues to grow and has established itself in Europe and the United States. We flew more. more than 100,000 passengers in the first seven months of operation.”
Jonsson added that the airline “expects to serve more than 1 million passengers in its second year of operation.”
Play joins another EU airline startup, French Bee, which launched a low-cost route from Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris (ORY) in May 2022. The route takes 10 hours, there will be six flights a week by July, and prices start at 321 euros one way.