Sunday, 10 October 2021

Positive Play in September?

New start-up airline Play scored a load factor of 52.1% in September
96.2% of flights arrived on-time 

In September, PLAY carried 15,223 passengers spread out on its flights, scoring a load factor of 52.1%, which was up from 46% in August. According to the airline, this result reflects recovering demand from passengers to and from Iceland. 

The airline also reported that during the month there was a decline in the number of passengers who changed their bookings due to COVID-19. Demonstrating growing consumer confidence and the relaxation of travel restrictions in Iceland and further afield. 

The airline also thinks the increase is in part to its name and brand becoming more known and recognised. More people are wanting to sample the style of the new airline and trust it to carry them overseas. 

Also in September, PLAY announced a recruitment drive to fill 100 cabin crew and 50 flight crew positions to support the airline’s growth for 2022.  This will double the number of employees employed by the company.

Due to the positive demand trends outlined above, PLAY has added Amsterdam as a new destination to its winter schedule. The first flight to Amsterdam will be on December 3, with flights initially operating Mondays and Fridays and Thursdays and Sundays to be added from December 16. Additional new destinations in Europe will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We have been careful in our plans due to the pandemic. As the local tourism shows signs of recovery and travel restrictions are being relaxed, we see our load factor increase and very positive demand trends for the future. It’s safe to say that we are optimistic and looking forward to a robust next year. I am truly excited to welcome new members to our team and we are very proud to be able to provide all these new jobs. We have exciting times ahead of us,” says Birgir Jónsson CEO. 

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