24 MAY 2021
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Another new Icelandic airline will take to the air 24 June with a flight from Keflavik to Stansted. It is seen as a successor to the failed WOW and includes many of the former carrier’s management team.
In April it was announced that a group consisting of some of Iceland's largest investment companies and two pension funds was providing Play with five billion Icelandic Króna (£30m) and the CEO appointment of Birgir Jónsson, who was the COO / Deputy CEO of WOW
Earlier this month the airline announced the registration of its Air Operator Certificate, as well as the acquisition of its first aircraft, an A321neo formerly operated by now-defunct Mexican airline Interjet. Ticket sales have opened to Stansted and Tenerife.
From a travel point of view the London route makes sense at this time with travellers arriving in the UK from Iceland not needing to quarantine upon arrival. Stansted is likely to be less of a problem with border control than Heathrow, far less busy. A pre-travel test is required of passengers, as is a follow-up test two days after arrival in the UK.
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