PLAY launches services from Liverpool John Lennon Airport

PLAY service from Reykjavik to Liverpool

Captain Andri Hrafn Agnarsson (third from right) with LJLA’s Paul Winfield (second from left) and PLAY cabin crew celebrating the first flights between Liverpool and Reykjavik.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport has welcomed its newest airline with the arrival from Reykjavik of the first flight by new Icelandic low-cost carrier PLAY. The airline now links Liverpool direct to Reykjavik for the first time and also offers seamless connections onto US destinations including Washington, Boston and New York.

To celebrate the airline’s first arrival at Liverpool John Lennon Airport and the start of this latest new service, the airport’s Fire and Rescue Service performed a traditional Fire Truck Water Arch as the PLAY aircraft taxied towards the terminal building.

Flights now operate twice-weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, using the carrier’s fleet of brand-new 180-seat A320neos.

On board the inaugural flight to Liverpool were a group of Icelandic Everton fans, taking advantage of the first direct flight to Liverpool from Reykjavik ahead of the weekend’s Everton match with Manchester United. As a special surprise, Everton FC player Nathan Patterson came to the airport to welcome the fans to Liverpool as they disembarked from the aircraft.

Everton FC player Nathan Patterson (third from left) welcoming Icelandic Everton fans to Liverpool.

“We’re delighted to welcome PLAY to Liverpool and to add Reykjavik as the latest destination to the airport’s expanding route network,” said Paul Winfield, Director of Aviation Development, Liverpool John Lennon Airport. “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.”

Birgir Olgeirsson, CEO PLAY, added: “PLAY’s passenger numbers reached a staggering 182,000 in quarter 2 of this year, with August continuing the success with 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 North West region of the UK to come and experience it. We hope that 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.”


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