No Frills of the Day: I Booked Myself on Primera Air Inaugural Transatlantic Flight STN – EWR for GBP 149


Primera Air is a Northern European low-cost carrier with scheduled and chartered flights (it’s owned by Nordic tour operators) to warmer latitudes of the continent.

By Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia – Primera Air Nordic, YL-PSC, Boeing 737-86N, CC BY-SA 2.0

This past summer, the airline announced they were entering the low-cost transatlantic market, scheduling flights from London (STN), Birmingham and Paris (CDG) to New York (EWR) and Boston.

You can access Primera Air website here.

The inaugural transatlantic flight from London (Stansted) to New York (Newark) is scheduled for April 19, 2018. The dates worked, John was on board so I went ahead and booked me on that flight.

Primera Air will offer Economy and Premium Economy products on their transatlantic flights. Their cheapest fare only includes one piece of hand luggage and does not allow changes or cancellations. For extra 50 GBP this bare-bones fare can be upgraded to Comfort, including a checked bag, seat selection, meal service and changes (for a fee).

When booking their Light fare, checked luggage, meal service and seat selection can be added for a fee. The food prices are expensive!

Special equipment is not included in any fare:

As a payment option, Primera Air offers the possibility to pay by bank credit card (for a fee) or bank transfer (free of charge).

Although more expensive (due to the added fee), you should consider that paying with a credit card protects you in case the airline collapses or runs into trouble, you can contest the charges and get your money back. Nothing you can do if you have wired the money. Many credit cards also offer travel insurance that should protect you in case of IRROPS.


Another competitor in the (every time more) crowded low cost transatlantic market. I booked myself for 149 GBP but their no-frills basic price goes for as low as 90 GBP one way.

I’m booked on the inaugural flight on their Economy product, and on my return flight I will be testing their Premium Economy product. Expect full reviews of their offerings in April 2018!