With Iceland being one of the only countries to be regularly on the UK government’s green list for travel, a new low-cost airline is taking advantage by launching a brand new route between Stansted and Reykjavik.
PLAY Airlines is an Icelandic company using an Airbus A321Neo and one-way departure fares of £ 30 to take on low-cost competitor EasyJet as well as airlines British Airways and Icelandair.
The first flight on the new route was a bustling affair, with the cabin crew strutting around in unconventional uniforms including sweatshirts, casual blazers, crisp red belts and satchels, and Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.
Regular flights began on Monday, June 28 and will run regularly on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays intended for those who want a quick city break without the threat of quarantine or isolation on their return.
Iceland is on our green list which means there are no restrictions on travel for travelers upon their return to the UK, there are some restrictions for Brits arriving in Iceland as only Greenland is listed on Iceland’s green list.
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We are on the “risk zones” list, the equivalent of Iceland’s red and orange lists.
This means that you will only be allowed to enter Iceland two weeks after being fully vaccinated or with a certificate proving you have antibodies.
All travelers must pre-register prior to arrival and will need to be tested once they land and follow quarantine measures until the result is known, which is usually within 24 hours.
Iceland looks forward to welcoming tourists, with a choice of resorts and mid-range hotels reopening.
The new route has a flight time of around three hours, and Reykjavik Airport is just a 40-minute drive from the city center, with public transportation also available.
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Steve Griffiths, Managing Director of London Stansted, said: “The North Atlantic Island offers an incredible amount of things to do and see for holidaymakers and adventurers.
“With its breathtaking landscapes, volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers and hot springs, it truly is a spectacular place to visit.
“We wish PLAY every success with these great value and convenient flights which I am sure will prove to be very popular with passengers from London and the East of England wishing to fly from their local airport.”
The launch is good news for Stansted Airport, which is furious at the government’s implementation of the traffic light system.
Stansted recently joined with Ryanair in suing the government over what the pair called “complete shambles”.
Birgir Jonsson, CEO of PLAY Airlines, said: “We are delighted to take off our bright red aircraft and welcome UK travelers to Iceland this summer. “
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Speaking of the funky cabin crew uniform, he said: “The PLAY brand Nike sneakers are also a nod to the wings of the Greek goddess Victory, which symbolize the sound of speed, movement, power and motivation. “
The uniforms are the work of designer couple Kolla Gunnarsdottir and Gunni Hilmarsson.
Red is a strong match for the color of the PLAY plane.
Bright red sweaters, sneakers, blazers and satchels are preferred over traditional high heels and double-breasted shirts.
Much of the uniform is not gender specific, so crew members can dress however they feel comfortable.
PLAY today (June 29) PLAY launched its second route, an Iceland-Tenerife link.
Eventually, they will fly between a hub in Reykjavik and several European destinations.
Iceland is famous for its volcanoes, Northern Lights, whale watching and cuisine.
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