Nordic low-cost carrier Primera Air last night announced it was ceasing operations blaming delays to the delivery of Airbus A321neos and rising fuel prices.
The airline is set to file for bankruptcy today and last night aircraft were grounded at London Stansted to the US leaving passengers stranded. It ceased operations at midnight on Monday after 14 years of operations.
Primera Air has recently announced an aggressive expansion, revealing plans to fly long-haul transatlantic routes from Brussels, Berlin and Frankfurt, adding to transatlantic services from London Stansted and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
The airline, which had 15 aircraft began offering low-cost flights from Stansted and Birmingham to North America – including Washington, Newark, and Toronto – earlier this year.
Due to delays in aircraft deliveries, Primera Air been forced to lease aircraft at a high cost to new routes it has added.
Primera Air said in a statement: “Dear Passengers, Airline Primera Air and IATA codes PF and 6F have been suspended as of today, October 2nd, 2018.
“On behalf of Primera Air team, we would like to thank you for your loyalty. On this sad day we are saying Goodbye to all of you.
“Please visit primeraair.com for further updates in next few days. Tour Operator passengers are kindly suggested to address their Tour Operators and Agents for further information and actions.
“Kindly understand that the usual options for contacts (via email or phone) can not be offered any longer. Sincerely yours. Primera Air team.”