Primera Air has announced that it will serve a new route between London Stansted Airport (STN) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) starting on August 22, 2018. The route will be served five times per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Primera is also increasing frequency between IAD and Toronto, Canada.
One-way ticket fares will start at £199 (USD$281), while return tickets will cost £340 (USD$480).
“We’ve been planning to add Washington from the beginning of the transatlantic flight project,” said Andri Ingólfsson, the owner and President of Primera. “We see a strong demand for this route and we are the first low-cost airline to start operations between both cities, offering people an affordable way of transatlantic travel.”
“The announcement Washington Dulles Airport is to join Primera Air’s existing long-haul schedule, plus increased frequency to Toronto, is a real vote of confidence in Stansted and of the demand for long-haul flights to and from London and the East of England,” said Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s CEO. “We’ve already seen a very positive response from passengers to Primera’s previous announcement of new services to New York, Boston, and Toronto, and the addition of Washington will provide even more choice and connectivity to the east coast of the USA.”
“We have made clear our ambition is to provide more services to the USA and add routes to China and India, so this is another step towards that goal,” O’Toole continued. “We look forward to the launch of these exciting new services in the coming months.”
“Our booking numbers show that passengers have been waiting for flights to North America. We are very satisfied with the results so far and are adjusting our flight network accordingly,” said Ingólfsson. “Our low-fare transatlantic flights are possible thanks to the latest technology by Airbus and Boeing. We are only a few weeks away from receiving our first Airbus A321neo units, which will start operations in April.”
Primera is opening a base at IAD to serve international routes. In addition to its North American network, STN will help Primera serve new routes to Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Barcelona, Chania, and more. Primera hopes to use 20 new Boeing 737 MAX9-ERs that it has on order to increase its presence at current bases in the coming years and add new transatlantic routes.
However, just because Primera is planning big expansions doesn’t mean it’s immune to setbacks. Last week, the Icelandic carrier canceled plans to fly between Birmingham Airport (BHX) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). It cited “changing passenger flow trends” in its decision to cut its plans from BHX, but it hasn’t left BHX out of the picture for new routes in the future. Primera plans to retry Birmingham service later this year.
”We are confident that Primera Air has made this strategic decision for the longer-term success of its operation and we will continue to support the airline to successfully launch its new operation from Birmingham in May,” said a spokesperson for Birmingham Airport.
Primera flies to about 70 destinations within Europe, and IAD welcomed a record 7.8 million passengers in 2017.
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