Play Launches Second UK Route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Play Launches Second UK Route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport
7th October 2022 Samantha Anderson

Play Launches Second UK Route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport

  • Services from Liverpool to Reykjavik begins 7 October 2022
  • PLAY announces special launch promotion, with tickets starting at £39 to Iceland and £169 to the USA (one way fares)
  • Standard single fare prices from Liverpool to Reykjavik begin at £42

PLAY, Iceland‘s leading low-cost airline, celebrates its inaugural flight from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) to Iceland Reykjavik today (11:55, 7 October 2022), with connecting flights to the US (Washington/Baltimore, Boston Logan and New York Stewart).

The Liverpool route is a new addition to PLAY’s 2022/2023 winter schedule, operating every Monday and Friday until April 2023, extending its network of affordable services to UK travellers.

As part of a special launch promotion, one-way tickets to Iceland start at £39, with a travel time of just under 3 hours, while transatlantic destinations including Washington, Baltimore, Boston and New York can be secured for as little as £196, and only requires a 1.5 hour layover in Iceland. These prices apply to flights taken between October 2022 and April 2023, and must be booked between 7 October 2022 and 17 October 2022.

Standard fare tickets from Liverpool to Reykjavik start at £49 per person.

Offering the chance to visit bucket list destinations, PLAY prides itself on providing hassle-free affordable travel, meaning passengers can pay less to get somewhere and play more when they get there.

Birgir Jónsson, CEO of PLAY, said: “PLAY’s passenger numbers have already reached a staggering 182,000 in Q2, with August continuing the success with a huge number of 108,000 passengers carried in the month alone. Iceland’s extraordinary scenery, rich wildlife and bustling beer scene makes for an epic weekend away and we can’t wait for those in the northwest region of the UK to come and experience it. We hope that the football mad Icelanders will be welcomed much the same as they travel to Liverpool in search of the famed atmosphere of Anfield and Goodison Park.”

Paul Winfield, Director of Aviation Development for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, commented: “As well offering the region’s travellers an excellent low-cost airline product to Iceland and on to New York, Washington and Boston, this will also be another important link for the region’s visitor economy too, making it easy for Icelanders and Americans wanting to visit the Liverpool City Region, the North West and North Wales to fly to Liverpool.

As an example, we’ve already seen a group of Icelandic Everton fans on the inaugural flight this morning, taking advantage of the first direct flights from Reykjavik to Liverpool and visit the City ahead of Everton’s game on Sunday.”

To prepare for the increased demand that an additional route brings, along with its additional four aircraft launching next year, PLAY have initiated a recruitment drive of 150 flight attendants and 55 pilots that will work across the 10 aircraft set to be in service from spring 2023.
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Notes to Editors:
Birgir Jónsson, CEO of PLAY, is available for interview or comment upon request.

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About PLAY
PLAY is a low-cost airline operating flights between Iceland and Europe, and North America as of 2022. Founded in Reykjavík in 2019 by a management team with significant experience in the aviation industry, the company operates flights on new Airbus A321NEO and A320NEO aircraft, offering streamlined, no-frills service that allows travelers to pay less and “play more.”

Safety comes first for PLAY. On-time performance, simplicity, happiness and low prices are the airline’s core principles.

The airline seeks to enable passengers to see the world, but not without considering its environmental impact. PLAY is being developed with sustainability initiatives and benchmarks in place to track and reduce fuel consumption, offset carbon emissions, and limit waste. Learn more or book a flight at