New York Stewart Airport will get flights to Europe from Play, Norse Atlantic Airways

The airport previously hosted European low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle until the summer of 2019 when the carrier left the airport after just two years of service. The airline blamed his departure on the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX after two fatal crashes.

Norwegian Air Shuttle.

Norwegian Air Shuttle


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Now, after a three-year hiatus, Stewart is once again getting international service from two European airlines.

New York Stewart International Airport.

New York Stewart International Airport.

New York Stewart International Airport


On June 9, 2022, the new low-cost Icelandic airline PLAY will launch non-stop flights between the airport and Europe.

PLAY A321.

PLAY launches flights between New York and Europe.

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Stewart will be PLAY’s third US city and tickets go on sale today. Travelers can book flights between the United States and 22 European destinations, such as Dublin, Paris, Copenhagen and Brussels.

PLAY launches flights between New York and Europe.

PLAY launches flights between New York and Europe.

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The flight will make a short stopover in Iceland before continuing to its final destination.

Exit to Iceland sign

Exit to Iceland sign

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Introductory fares start at $109 one-way to 10 European destinations, including Reykjavik, London, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Brussels in Belgium, Stuttgart in Germany, Trondheim in Norway and Gothenburg in Sweden.

PLAY launches flights between New York and Europe.

PLAY launches flights between New York and Europe.

PLAYER


The offer is only available on return tickets purchased by midnight February 7 for flights scheduled between September and October 2022.

PLAY for $109.

PLAY for $109.

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PLAY CEO Birgir Jónsson told Insider that Stewart is a financially advantageous airport and is eager to enter the market.

CEO Birgir Jónsson at Boston Logan International Airport.

CEO Birgir Jónsson at Boston Logan International Airport.

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“We want to create the most economical way to get to New York from Europe, so if we go to the same airports as everyone else, it’s not a good deal,” he explained. “Stewart is a low-cost airport, so we can operate at lower cost and offer the best prices without sacrificing our profits.”

Passenger boarding a PLAY flight.

PLAY launches flights between New York and Europe.

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PLAY is the successor to WOW Air which ceased operations in 2019 due to years of financial difficulties unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic.

WOWAir.

PLAY launches flights between New York and Europe.

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While PLAY has adopted several elements of WOW’s low-cost business model, such as flying a no-frills product across the Atlantic, Jónsson told Insider that the airline has dropped some aspects that made WOW fail.

"Pay less, play more!" currency.

PLAY launches flights between New York and Europe.

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“Our model is different because we are entering the widebody market with a narrowbody jet,” he said. “These routes are really not long haul and because we use Iceland’s location, we don’t need a jumbo jet between major cities, which is the failed market.”

WOW Air Airbus A330.

PLAY launches flights between New York and Europe.

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Additionally, the aircraft will not offer many amenities, such as WiFi or in-flight entertainment, and baggage, seat assignments, drinks, snacks and meals will cost more. Jónsson told Insider the experience is meant to be as “simple” as possible, and travelers can expect a product similar to other low-cost airlines.

Play stewardess on board.

PLAY launches flights between New York and Europe.

PLAYER


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According to its September DOT application, Norse said its first US routes would be between Oslo and Stewart, New York; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Ontario, California. The three airports will serve the major areas of New York, Miami and South Florida, and Los Angeles, respectively.

Norse Atlantic Airways.

Norse Atlantic Airways.

Norse Atlantic Airways


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“They have Dreamliner jets, so they’ll have to find 250 or 300 people for each flight to Stewart from one destination,” he told Insider. “Because we are doing a stopover in Iceland, we only need to find 20 people for London, 20 people for Copenhagen, 20 people for Berlin, etc.”

PLAYER.

PLAYER.

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Mary I. Bruner