PLAY Reports 68% Jump in Passenger Numbers

PLAY Reports 68% Jump in Passenger Numbers
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Icelandic carrier PLAY has this week announced a 68% jump in passenger numbers, as the carrier continues its growth on the European & international stage.

The carrier has also reported a strong load factor onboard, which has also increased as well.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

PLAY Reports 68% Jump in Passenger Numbers…

PLAY Reports 68% Jump in Passenger Numbers
Photo Credit: Kyle Hayes/AviationSource
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PLAY handled 154,479 passengers in October 2023, which is 68% higher than the same period last year.

Load factor with the carrier increased from 81.9% to 83%, with the on-time performance being recorded at 85.8%.

Of the 154,479 passengers handled, 28.4% were departing from Iceland, 33.9% were travelling to Iceland and 37.6% were connecting passengers.

PLAY also noted that ten of their destinations had a load factor of more than 90%, with the airline carrying 1.3m passengers year to date, and the load factor was 84.9% overall for that period too.

CEO Birgir Jonsson commented on the results:

“October delivered a very acceptable load factor of 83%, up from 82% last year, while the number of passengers grew by 68% from last year to 154,000 and PLAY had an impressive on-time performance of 85.8%.”

“October marks the end of the official summer season and the change over to the network’s winter schedule.”

“Demand from the USA for flights to Europe has been very strong this year, with prices and yields high compared to last year.”

“We continue to see growth in average yields and ancillary revenue across our network. We see a relatively healthy booking flow and status in most markets for the winter but are noticing a slight softness in demand due to seasonality as well as the current challenging economic situation in the world.”

“We are, however, prepared for this situation and will use the flexibility of our business model to fine-tune our capacity in line with the demand in the markets as we have done before with good results.”

“The PLAY team is ready for the coming winter months and will meet the dynamic changes in the market as well as challenging weather-related winter operations in a professional manner and with a big smile on our faces.”

All eyes will be on the airline to see what their total passenger number count will look like by the end of 2023.

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