Passengers stranded after Primera Air collapses

Marco Green
October 2, 2018

Thousands of passengers were left with "worthless tickets" on Monday when Primera Air suddenly ceased operations after 14 years of service, the Independent reported. Two flights due to take off from Stansted to Washington and NY were grounded and at least one aircraft was believed to have been impounded.

The airline said the 2017 loss of an aircraft from operations to severe corrosion problems was followed by the cost of rebuilding, resulting in a loss of more than €10 million ($11.6 million), it said.

"On this sad day we are saying Goodbye to all of you", Primera Air said in a statement on its website.

People who are due to fly with Primera Air have been told to stay away from Stansted Airport after the budget airline collapsed.

The Danish airline said it was a "sad day" for staff and passengers but it had "no other choice than filing for bankruptcy".

Primera Air started five weekly flights from Dulles to London's Stanstead Airport on August 23, an inaugural event seen as significant enough for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to welcome Primera representatives at a Dulles ceremony.

All Dulles flights are canceled, effective immediately, Primera officials said.

The bankruptcy comes just months after the airline began operating flights between North American and Europe. Kindly understand that the usual options for contacts (via email or phone) cannot be offered any longer. Tour Operator passengers are kindly suggested to address their Tour Operators and Agents for further information and actions.

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