PLAY Airlines introduces free stopovers in Iceland

A PLAY Airbus parked on the ramp.
Photo Credit: CNW Group/PLAY

PLAY, a low-cost airline operating flights between Iceland and Europe, announced today it now offers stopovers in Iceland for no additional cost, enabling travellers to visit two countries in one trip.

The stopovers take advantage of the airline’s hub-and-spoke model, with all flights connecting through Iceland.

For Canadian travelers looking to explore Europe affordably and efficiently, PLAY Airlines has some exciting news. The Icelandic low-cost carrier has just announced an attractive feature: free stopovers in Iceland.

This means travellers can now experience two countries in a single journey without any additional cost, all thanks to PLAY’s innovative approach to air travel.

What Are Stopovers and How Do They Work?

Stopovers are extended layovers that allow travelers to spend additional time in a connecting city without incurring extra charges on their airfare.

In the case of PLAY Airlines, passengers can now enjoy up to 10 days in Iceland at no additional cost when traveling between Canada and various European destinations.


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A PLAY A320neo parked at the terminal.
Photo Credit: CNW Group/PLAY

PLAY’s Hub-and-Spoke Model

PLAY Airlines leverages a hub-and-spoke model, routing all flights through Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik.

This strategic approach not only ensures efficient connections but also opens up opportunities for travelers to explore Iceland’s breathtaking natural beauty, including majestic waterfalls, awe-inspiring geysers, rejuvenating hot springs, vast glaciers, and the mesmerizing Northern Lights.

CEO Birgir Jónsson on the Benefits of Stopovers

According to Birgir Jónsson, CEO of PLAY Airlines, the introduction of stopovers represents a significant milestone in the company’s commitment to providing value and convenience to its passengers.

Instead of enduring brief layovers, travelers now have the chance to immerse themselves in Iceland’s allure for an extended period, offering additional memorable travel experiences without breaking the bank.

European Destinations from Canada

PLAY Airlines operates daily flights and seasonal services from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Canada to over 30 European destinations.

From iconic cities like Paris, Berlin, and Amsterdam to cultural hubs like London, Copenhagen, and Barcelona, PLAY offers an extensive network that caters to diverse travel preferences.

New Routes and Opportunities

In addition to its existing routes, PLAY Airlines continues to expand its offerings to include exciting destinations like Split, Croatia.

With fares starting at just $359 one way, travelers can now explore this Mediterranean gem via Iceland.

The new service, operating once a week over the summer, provides Canadians with the perfect opportunity to extend their layover into a multi-day stopover and discover the enchanting landscapes and vibrant culture of Split.


PLAY Airlines prides itself on its pay-for-what-you-need model, ensuring that passengers have control over their travel expenses.

Basic fares include a personal item for the flight, with optional upgrades available for added comfort and convenience.

Whether you need an in-flight meal, extra baggage allowance, or seat upgrades, PLAY Airlines allows you to tailor your journey to suit your preferences and budget.

Cole Horncastle, Executive Managing Director of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, applauds PLAY Airlines’ commitment to providing affordable travel options for Canadian passengers.

The introduction of free stopovers in Iceland also compliments the airport’s mission to offer accessible and convenient travel solutions, further enhancing the travel experience for customers.

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