Primera Air Ceases Operations & Enters Administration On October 2, 2018

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Primera Air has today announced that it will cease all operations by Tuesday (October 2, 2018) when it also is expected to enter administration.

The Danish/Latvian airline with Icelandic connection operated charter services for several years before launching transatlantic flights that Freddo reviewed earlier this year (read more here and here)

Here’s an excerpt from the Independent (access their piece here):

Primera Air has ceased flying. Passengers at Stansted learnt the news as they were waiting to depart to New York and Washington DC.

Thousands of other British passengers are stranded in North America and continental Europe tonight after another low-cost airline failure.

The collapse leaves them with worthless tickets home, as well a trail of unpaid claims by passengers whose flights earlier in the summer were disrupted.

Stansted airport has impounded at least one aircraft.

Conclusion

The transatlantic low cost market is competitive and difficult to see market for small players such as Primera Air unless they have deep pocketed backers that appeared not to be the case here.

I hope that people purchased their Primera tickets using credit cards and thus can get their money easily back. The airline had disruptions starting its operations that must have come at a great cost and you can forget those pending EC 261/2004 payments.

Let’s hope that there are no other casualties to keep those big players in check.

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