PLAY aims to double workforce, launches largest-ever recruitment drive

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With an ambitious plan to expand its fleet to 10 passenger aircraft by summer 2023, Iceland’s newest air carrier now says it aims to almost double its workforce by the same period.  

The low-cost airline announced that it had launched its largest-ever recruitment drive, focusing on employing 205 new employees. The new roles will consist of 150 flight attendants and 55 flight crew members.  

Currently employing 150 cabin crew and 70 pilots, PLAY is looking for both experienced and inexperienced staff to join the company, the airline said in a public announcement posted to LinkedIn on September 1, 2022. “The plan is based on PLAY’s growth in the coming year as PLAY will operate ten aircraft next summer,” the carrier said.  

“At PLAY, safety comes first, with our core principles being on-time performance, simplicity, happiness, and low prices. […] We want to onboard optimistic and powerful people who want to change the course of aviation,” the airline added.   

Founded in 2019, PLAY Airlines commenced operations in 2021. The airline currently provides air connectivity services from its main hub at Keflavík International Airport (KEF) in Iceland to various destinations across Europe and the US.    

The European airline’s network includes scheduled flights across 21 destinations, including operations to Stavanger (SVG), Gothenburg (GOT), Copenhagen (CPH), Berlin (BER), Prague (PRG), Salzburg (SZG), Bologna (BLQ), Geneva (GVA), Paris (CDG) and Brussels (BRU) as well as to London (LHR), Liverpool (LPL), Dublin (DUB), Madrid (MAD), Barcelona (BCN), Mallorca (PMI), Alicante (ALC), Malaga (AGP), Lisbon (LIS), Gran Canaria (LPA) and Tenerife (TFS).   

Meanwhile, the transatlantic network currently consists of four routes in the US, including New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Baltimore (BWI), and Washington D.C. (DCA).   

Most recently, on August 24, 2022, PLAY announced it will launch an additional route to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) starting in April 2023. The flights will operate daily on PLAY’s fleet of Airbus A321 and A320 aircraft, each with 180 or more seats.  


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