Low-cost carrier from Washington to Europe to launch in April 2023

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority staff and special guests gathered Wednesday at Dulles International Airport to celebrate the launch of Play Airlines nonstop service from Washington to Reykjavik, Iceland. Service on the new low-cost carrier was announced August 23, 2022. 

Water Arch
Photo Credit:@Dulles_Airport 

The inaugural flight from Keflavik (KEF) Airport landed at Dulles International (IAD) around 5:15 p.m. on April 26 and received a fire department water-arch salute along its taxi route to Concourse A. 

Aviation Geeks
Aviation Enthusiasts at Play Airlines Launch Event / Photo Credit:@Dulles_Airport

Fans of the airport were encouraged to sign up through Dulles social media accounts for an opportunity to view Wednesday’s aircraft arrival up-close. The group of more than 40 guests was treated to a special mobile lounge trip to the airfield to photograph the Airbus A320 neo touching down on Runway 19L. 

Ribbon Cutting
MWAA's Deanne Berry (Left), Chryssa Westerlund (6th from Left), Tom Reich (7th from Left) and Paul Bobson (Right) were joined by members of Play Airlines for the Ribbon Cutting at Gate A24 / Photo Credit: @Dulles_Airport 

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting event took place at Gate A24. A selection of catered food provided a taste of Iceland before the flight boarded. All Passengers on the departing flight received a Puffin souvenir. 

Speaking on behalf of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Vice President for Airline Business Development Paul Bobson said, "Play Airlines kicks off a record breaking year along with several other new airlines that will add over 500 thousand additional seats to Washington Dulles service in 2023."

The event was lived-streamed.

Flights between Washington and Reykjavik will operate on the following schedule: 

Flight No. 




Days of Operation 




1510 / 1740 





1850 / 0455+1 


Future passengers can book travel at www.flyplay.com