Play Airlines Took Off Thursday From Stewart

NEW WINDSOR – New European service from New York Stewart International Airport began Thursday night with Icelandic airline “Play” commencing flights.

The low-cost airline will now fly from the Newburgh facility to Iceland with connections to dozens of mainland European cities.

Airline President Birgir Jonsson was at Stewart for the ribbon-cutting and said the Hudson Valley is an ideal area for his new airline to serve.

“This is an underserved catchment area of the airport; there are no international flights out for the local residents,” he said. “It’s an easy region to sell in Europe. There are a lot of things, which I didn’t know about, that are real easy to explain to European people, and also, the stakeholders make us feel so welcome. They just pulled us in.”

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said Play “will open up doors” for Europe and the Hudson Valley.

In addition to serving the Hudson Valley, inbound passengers can hop on a Coach USA bus to Manhattan for some vacation time in the Big Apple.

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