TTG - Travel Trade Gazette
For Smarter, Better, Fairer Travel
Search
User Menu
Remember me

New to TTG?

Hello! You are viewing your 1 free guest article this week


Please log in or join now for free, immediate and unlimited access to our award-winning online content. Find out more...

Join us
Already a member? Log in here

Primera 'carefully considering' long-haul future at BHX

Primera 'carefully considering' long-haul future at BHX

Primera initially said its transatlantic programme at Birmingham would resume in summer 2019.

 

However, a Primera spokesperson told TTG this week that due to reduced demand for its short-haul services, the airline would now “carefully consider” its long-haul programme at Birmingham and “take a decision early next year” on whether it would return.

 

A spokesperson for Birmingham said: “We regret that, for operational reasons, Primera Air is unable to continue flying from Birmingham this winter. This is disappointing, as there is so much demand for these destinations.

 

"We are pressing the airline to provide refunds so passengers can rebook with other carriers from Birmingham.”


They added: “The Birmingham market remains strong and we fully expect to see year-on-year growth in the next summer season.”

Going eastbound 'never a problem' for Birmingham

Going eastbound 'never a problem' for Birmingham

Tom Screen, Birmingham’s acting aviation director, told TTG the airport’s lengthy partnership with United Airlines proved there was demand for transatlantic travel from Birmingham.


He said the airport had held recently talks with JetBlue about its transatlantic and long-haul ambitions, and had spoken to other carriers about new routes to Mumbai, Hong Kong and Beijing.


“Going eastbound has never really been too much of a problem for Birmingham,” said Screen. “We do well in that field. We’re talking to those Indian low-cost carriers considering coming to the UK.


“We’ve also got Air Arabia Maroc confirmed for this winter, Turkish Airlines are increasing frequency next summer to twice daily, and we’re talking to Air Baltic.


Birmingham has also moved quickly to fill the 1.5 million passenger void left by the collapse of Monarch, with Jet2.com, Ryanair, Thomas Cook and Tui adding routes or increasing frequency.


“There’s a hell of a lot of capacity that will be coming back,” Screen added.

Our Next Events

TTG Luxury Travel Summit

TTG Luxury Travel Summit

Luxpo London

Luxpo London

TTG New to Cruise Festival

TTG New to Cruise Festival

TTG Luxury Travel Awards

TTG Luxury Travel Awards

TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies

TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies

TTG Travel Awards

TTG Travel Awards

TTG - Travel Trade Gazette
For Smarter, Better, Fairer Travel
TTG Media Limited.
Place of registration: England and Wales.
Company number 08723341.
Registered address: New Bridge Street House, 30-34 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6BJ