Chaos for holidaymakers as Primera Air cancels ALL flights from Birmingham to New York and Toronto for the rest of 2018

The budget airline, which only launched a few months ago, has blamed the decision on late delivery of its long-haul A321neo aircraft from Airbus.

They say that they will resume transatlantic services next year once the aircraft is available.

They added that the news does not affect Primera Air’s short haul services in operation from Birmingham.

A statement from Birmingham Airport reads: "Since launching New York services last month, load factors have been positive, averaging 70 per cent.
"This reinforces our knowledge that the demand for flights between Birmingham and North America is strong, with a market size already using Birmingham of more than 130,000 passengers."

Primera has contacted all customers booked on services from June 21 to give refunds or transfer onto other services.

Affected customers are being encouraged to contact Primera Air on [email protected]

The airline was running three flights a week to New York and had been set to run three flights to Toronto later this month, but these have all been cancelled.

It also runs 14 transatlantic flights a week from London Stansted.

Customers have reacted to the news on social media, expressing their upset over the news.

Andri Már Ingólfsson, CEO of Primera Air sayid: “The plans for the transatlantic routes have been in the making for over a year and both Primera Air and Birmingham Airport have put a lot of effort into promoting the new routes which were welcomed by the region.

Unfortunately, we did not anticipate such severe Airbus delays and the hold-up has meant we are forced to make this difficult and disappointing decision.”

Primera Air first launched their first flight across the Atlantic from London Stansted to New York this year on April 20, with Birmingham flights starting in May – Birmingham to Toronto was due to launch later this month.

The Nordic no-frills airline hit the headlines in 2017 when they started offering tickets for these flights from just £99. 

They made headlines again last month for a less positive reason, when a Primera Air plane clipped a Ryanair aircraft as both prepared to take off from Stansted Airport.

The aircraft, set to fly to Dublin as hundreds head to Ireland today to vote in the abortion referendum, was hit by a Primera plane.

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