Play to offer first direct flights between Cardiff and Iceland

Low-cost carrier Play will operate a limited run of flights from October 10 to November 20 between Cardiff and Iceland’s Keflavik airport.

It said the service will be first direct operation between the two airports.

Passengers will be able to fly direct to Keflavik, Iceland’s gateway to Reykjavik, or choose to connect to Play’s four US destinations – New York Stewart, Boston, Baltimore/Washington, Washington Dulles – and Toronto in Canada.

Flights between Cardiff and Keflavik start at £59 one way, with connections to North America flights starting at £179 one way.

Play will operate two flights per week on Mondays and Fridays for a six-week duration ending November 20, to coincide with half-term school holidays in Wales from October 28 to 1 November 1.

Flights will adjust to Thursdays and Sundays during the initial week and Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the last week to accommodate two Uefa Nations League matches between Iceland vs Wales.

The airline will operate a 180-seat Airbus A320neo between Iceland and Cardiff, with a flight time of two hours and 40 minutes.

Einar Örn Ólafsson, Play chief executive, said: “Not only does this mark a milestone for Play, but also opens up exciting possibilities for customers wanting to travel to the US and Canada at affordable prices.

“Our new Cardiff route is ideal for families seeking to explore all that Iceland has to offer during the school half-term, as well as enthusiastic football fans eager to watch Iceland vs Wales in the upcoming Nations League later this year.”

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