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Late Airbus delivery forces Primera to axe flights

The low-cost carrier is forced to postpone new transatlantic routes being launched from the UK.

Late deliveries of new aircraft are not only affecting Norwegian’s route planning. Now they are forcing low-cost carrier Primera Air to postpone its inaugural flight between London Stansted and Toronto.

Primera’s Toronto service had been due to start on May 31, but the Airbus A321 due to fly the route has not been delivered on time, pushing back the start date until June 2.

It is the second time a Primera inaugural flight has been marred by a late delivery, as its Stansted-New York service was operated by a US charter airline for around three weeks after its launch in mid-April.

This time, Primera has decided to cancel the first few flights rather than incur further hefty chartering costs, TTG writes.

Other new transatlantic routes from Birmingham, the UK’s second-largest city, are having to initially be operated by chartered Boeing aircraft.

Riga-based and pan-Nordic Primera begins flying from Birmingham to New York today (May 18) and is due to add Toronto from June 23. Both services will initially use a chartered Boeing. Late deliveries have also affected the airline’s Stansted-Boston schedule.

Avoiding risk
Primera marketing manager Nauris Bruvelis confirms to TTG that the delivery of the airline’s second A321 may be delayed “by a few days” and could have affected flights from Stansted to Toronto and Boston from May 30 to June 1.

“In order to avoid possible risk of notifying passengers at very last moment the flights were cancelled. All passengers affected are being contacted by Primera Air customer service,” he said.

“Birmingham operations in May also have been affected by the delay as several short-haul flights were planned on the same aircraft. The long-haul flights to New York and Toronto will operated by National Airlines on behalf of Primera Air until August when we receive more aircraft.”

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