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PLAY airline bringing low-cost travel from Hamilton to Europe starting today

Iceland-based airline PLAY has announced its first Canadian route with cheap flights to Europe.

Starting on Jan. 19, the low-cost airline will be offering tickets to 26 European cities for as little as $169 CAD. Service will begin June 23, with daily flights from Hamilton International Airport to Europe, with a layover in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

 “We’re proud to expand PLAY service to Canada with service in Hamilton, offering both Canadian and European travelers a new way to reach iconic destinations.” CEO of PLAY, Birgir Jónsson, said in aplay-increases-its-reach-in-north-america”press release issued Tuesday.

PLAY will offer flights to various European cities, such as London, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin Stockholm, and more. 

The airline, which was founded in 2019, is celebrating its landing in Canada by offering tickets as low as $169 to 13 European cities, and $129 for flights to Iceland for those who book flights starting today and before Jan 31, 2023. This deal is valid for those booking a roundtrip between August and October 2023. 

Hamilton will become the airline’s fifth North American route, as it already flies to New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.

Ticket prices include mandatory taxes and fees. Individuals will be allowed to bring one personal item with them. 

Additional charges for things such as carry-on luggage can be expected, while wi-fi and in-flight entertainment are not offered on flights. More information can be found on the PLAY website. 

PLAY is an airline that goes off the pay-for-what-you-need model. Passengers can choose specific upgrades at an additional charge such as an in-flight meal, seat upgrades, checked baggage, and more.  

“Travellers around the world are hungry to venture to new destinations and recent data shows that 73 percent of global travellers want vacations outside of their comfort zone,” Jónsson said.

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What’s behind the recent travel chaos, flight cancellations, lost luggage and dashed vacation getaways?

A worker drives pass an Air Canada aircraft parked at a gate at Vancouver International Airport after operations returned to normal after last week’s snowstorm, in Richmond, B.C., on Dec. 26, 2022.DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press

This holiday travel season will be remembered for cancelled flights, lost bags and stranded or abandoned passengers, people whose winter getaways were dashed by storms and the responses of the airlines they entrusted with their plans.

Canada’s aviation industry and flyers had hoped the December break would mark a recovery from nearly three years of the pandemic, and the summer of 2022, which featured airport chaos amid staff shortages.

Instead, the turmoil resurfaced with scores of cancelled flights condensed in the busiest travel days of the year. Sunwing Airlines’ collapse was the worst, with customers stranded for days in Mexico and other destinations complaining of poor communications from the carrier. WestJet Airlines, Air Canada and others cancelled flights as the storms grounded planes and halted crew transfers.

So why, in a country in which winter happens every year, were airlines and airports unable to operate as usual? And how did the airlines, which make much of their revenue selling tickets to people eager to escape cold weather, find themselves unable to operate?

The problems began with winter storms just before Christmas, in Western Canada and then in parts of Ontario and Quebec. But the safety problems were compounded by the fact that the airlines had few spare resources on which to rely. Their planes were largely full, and almost all were in use, making it hard to rebook passengers. And then there were the thinly stretched workforces, with many workers inexperienced, recent hires. The storms made it harder to move planes and crews where they were needed.

“They had so much demand [and]

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