Posted on: 11 May 2018 by Mark Thomas
Low-fare Nordic carrier Primera Air has launched a long-haul route from London Stansted to New York in the US, becoming the first operator in a decade to fly scheduled trans-Atlantic routes from the airport.
More US and Canadian routes will start up this summer to Boston, Toronto and Washington DC, says the airline, using Airbus A321neo aircraft.
Anastasija Visnakova, chief commercial officer at Primera, said: “We have already begun operations in London and really wanted to make a song and dance of the fact that we’re aiming to make expensive long-haul travel history.” Fares start from £149 one-way.
Primera operates flights from Europe to more than 70 destinations in the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia, Caribbean and North America. Originally founded in Iceland in 2003 as a charter provider, it now carries over one million passengers each year with its fleet of eight A321neo and 10 Boeing 737NG aircraft.
This year it is also expanding its network by establishing new bases at Birmingham and Paris Charles De Gaulle, in addition to London Stansted.