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'Dark day' for Primera Air

'Dark day' for Primera Air

In a note to crew members circulating on social media, flight operations director Anders Ludvigsson said: “It is with great regret I am reaching out to you all this dark day.

 

"We have just been informed that tomorrow (October 2), Primera Air Nordic and Primera Air Scandinavia will file for bankruptcy.”

 

The memo blames “very high cost for aircraft” and delays for deliveries of new Airbus aircraft.

 

The carrier was forced to charter aircraft after late delivery of a new transatlantic fleet this summer. These allegedly led to the cancellation of an entire flying programme from Birmingham.

 

Primera had also planned to operate to the US from Berlin and Madrid.

 

The memo thanks employees, adding: “We got the permits, we flew the flights, we got good reviews from the passengers. In other words, we fulfilled our part of the mission. The financial and commercial aspects we could not influence.”

 

Primera Travel Group, the tour operating part of the company, is thought to be unaffected.

Aircraft impounded at Stansted

Aircraft impounded at Stansted

The board statement added: “During the last two years, several unforeseen unfortunate events severely affected the financial standing of Primera Air.

 

“In 2017, the company lost one aircraft from operations due to severe corrosion problems, and had to bear the total cost of rebuilding, resulted in a loss of more than €10 million.

 

"2018 began with a fantastic start of our low-cost long-haul project with a brand-new Airbus 321neo fleet. However, due to severe delays of aircraft deliveries, this beginning ended up being rocky and incredibly problematic: operational issues; cancellations of number of flights; and loss of revenues are just few to mention.

 

“In addition, to fulfil our obligations in front of passengers, Primera Air leased in aircrafts and bore additional costs of over €20 million.”

 

A Stansted airport spokesperson confirmed one of three Primera aircraft had been impounded, but said two others due to fly to New York and Washington on Monday evening were technically free to depart if crews arrived to fly them.

 

In a tweet, the CAA added: "Primera Air, a Danish scheduled air carrier which operated services from various points in the United Kingdom has ceased operations today. More information to follow."

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