Primera Air confirms plans for winter low-cost transatlantic services

Primera Air confirms plans for winter low-cost transatlantic services

Low-cost long-haul airline Primera Air is to maintain three transatlantic connections from Stansted over the winter.

Flights will run daily to New York, four times a week to Washington DC and three times a week to Toronto following the airline receiving its full fleet of new Airbus A320neo aircraft.

A Boston service will be dropped for the winter but is due to return to the airline’s schedule from Stansted early next year.

The airline was forced to abandon flights to the US and Canada from Birmingham last month due to delays in delivery of Airbus aircraft.

However, flights from Stansted to Washington DC start on August 22 and will be maintained throughout the winter.

Fares start at £149 to New York and Toronto and £199 to Washington DC through the winter schedule that runs from October 31 until March 30, 2019.

The airline reported particularly strong demand for the New York route.

Chief commercial officer Anastasija Visnakova said: “The demand we’ve seen so far shows there is a lot of interest in the catchment area of London Stansted, including Greater London, Essex and surrounding cities such as Cambridge and Peterborough.

“There is clearly a huge amount of appetite for low-fare transatlantic flights and we’ve seen more than 70,000 passengers booking flights on our new transatlantic routes.

“This gives us a great amount of encouragement to build on the existing routes throughout winter and continue to run a daily operation between London Stansted and New York.”

Stansted head of aviation, Mark Souter, added: “We’re delighted that Primera Air is continuing its popular daily service to New York over the winter period, as well as the existing London Stansted to Toronto route.

“Primera’s Stansted to Washington route is launching soon, further expanding our ever-growing network of destinations.

“We have seen strong demand from customers on the New York route since its introduction earlier this year.”

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