Update: The Civil Aviation Authority will not rescue stranded passengers. The budget airline was not covered by its ATOL protection scheme.
Primera Air, who offer cheap long-haul flights announced they were ceasing all operations at midnight on 2nd October 2018.
All those who had flights booked with the airline, have been urged not to travel. Two flights, one to Washington and the other to New York, meant to depart Stanstead on Monday night, were grounded.
14 years ago, the charter airline began in Iceland, and began to offer transatlantic service in recent years, flying to the likes of New Jersey, Boston, Newark, Washington and Toronto.
The collapse comes less than two months after they touted three new U.S-Europe routes, from as little as $149 each way. Plans were in place to fly to Brussels from Boston, Newark Liberty and Washington Dulles.
Primera stated on their website, ‘’We would like to thank you for your loyalty. On this sad day we are saying goodbye to all of you’’. The site does not offer any information about refunds though are advising customers to regularly check back for updates.
Directors said that the firm couldn’t get the finance from the bank and spent more than £27m leasing planes and rebuilding one with severe corrosion.
‘’weighting the potential losses due to future delivery delays… and bearing in mind the difficult environment that airlines are facing now due to low prices and high fuel costs, we have decided to cease operations now’’.
You can no longer contact Primera Air using email or phone, so watch the website for more details. Alternatively, speak to your travel insurance provider, credit card company or travel agent for more information.