Primera Air, which expanded into the United States earlier this year and was also expected to add more flights next summer, is going out of business. I’ve posted several times about cheap deals from them for travel to Europe. They did offer some good value. Now the European budget carrier said in a statement on its website that it is ceasing operations on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. The statement does not provide any information on ticket refunds. Primera Air’s announcement will likely leave many passengers stranded, who are in the middle of their travel. Many more will have tickets booked, with no information on whether they will get their money back. This is one of the instances where travel insurance would in handy. You can also file a claim with your credit card right away.
Primera Air, which was Icelandic owned but had operations based in both Latvia and Denmark, had run charter operations mainly serving Nordic passengers for around 15 years.
The Independent reports that passengers on flight PF47 from Stansted to Washington were kept on the ground while the captain awaited instructions. Travellers booked on PF41 to New York’s Newark Airport were not allowed on the plane. Many of them are US passengers trying to return home.
Here’s the full statement from Primera Air:
Airline Primera Air and IATA codes PF and 6F have been suspended as of today, October 2nd, 2018. On behalf of Primera Air team, we would like to thank you for your loyalty. On this sad day we are saying Goodbye to all of you. Please visit primeraair.com for further updates in next few days. Tour Operator passengers are kindly suggested to address their Tour Operators and Agents for further information and actions. Kindly understand that the usual options for contacts (via email or phone) can not be offered any longer.
Primera Air team