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31 Jul 2018

BY James Chapple


Primera Air pulls short-haul operations at Birmingham

Primera Air has pulled its short haul operations from Birmingham, less than two months after it was forced to postpone its transatlantic programme at the Midlands airport until 2019.

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Primera Air pulls short-haul operations at Birmingham

From September 3, Primera will cease flights to Palma de Majorca and Barcelona, with Alicante, Tenerife, Las Palma, Reykjavik and Malaga set for the chop on October 29.

The Icelandic budget carrier’s decision to reduce capacity will also affect its Stansted programme.

Its daily Stansted-Malaga service has been reduced to five flights a week, while its Stansted-Alicante service will be axed on October 1.

In a statement, Primera said all affected passengers had been informed, adding it would look to minimise disruption and compensate passengers accordingly, including offering alternative travel arrangements and full refunds.

The announcement comes after Primera last month postponed its transatlantic services from Birmingham to New York and Toronto on account of delays to its fleet of Airbus A321neo aircraft.

Primera then (June 5) vowed to resume long-haul operations from Birmingham in 2019 once its Airbus fleet is operational, adding its long-term transatlantic plans for Birmingham would not be affected by the decision.

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