Primera Air cancels all flights from Birmingham Airport

‘We are pressing the airline to provide refunds as quickly as possible to allow passengers to rebook with other carriers,’ said an airport spokesperson

Simon Calder
Travel Correspondent
Tuesday 31 July 2018 16:10 BST
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Passengers booked from Birmingham Airport on budget airline Primera Air have been told their autumn and winter flights are cancelled.

The Icelandic-Latvian airline is axing the routes to Palma and Barcelona on 3 September, and added: “Primera Air is ceasing operations from Birmingham Airport to Alicante, Tenerife, Las Palma, Reykjavik and Malaga due to capacity reduction.

“This will take effect from 29 October 2018.”

An airport spokesperson said: “We regret that, for operational reasons, Primera Air is unable to continue flying from Birmingham Airport this winter. This is disappointing, especially as there is so much demand for these destinations.

“We are pressing the airline to provide refunds as quickly as possible to allow passengers to rebook with other carriers from Birmingham. We are very sorry for those people whose plans have been disrupted.”

In addition, Primera Air is dropping its Stansted-Alicante route on 30 September, and some flights from Stansted to Malaga are being cut from 1 October.

The airline says: “All affected passengers have already been informed. We are committed to minimising any disruption and are deeply sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.”

Since the airline announced an intensive network of flights from the UK, it has gradually retrenched on many of the planned operations - dropping all long-haul routes from Birmingham, and cancelling some Stansted services, including the maiden flight to Toronto.

A spokesperson for Primera Air said: “Our priority is ensuring those affected passengers are compensated in compliance with EU261/2004, and alternative travel arrangements have been offered to them, as well as the option of a full refund if appropriate.”

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