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Primera Air forced to make more route cuts

The Nordic-owned carrier is ceasing eight short-haul routes from the UK, to Spain and Iceland.

The Scandinavian-owned airline Primera Air has said it will cease its short-haul operations from the UK’s second city Birmingham, leaving doubts about the future of its much-hyped low-cost long-haul operations there, TTG reports.

Primera will cease flights from September 3 to Palma de Majorca and Barcelona, to be followed on October 29 by Reykjavik, Alicante, Tenerife, Las Palma and Malaga, blaming the move on a “capacity reduction”.

The budget carrier’s move to slash capacity will also affect its schedules from London Stansted. Its daily Stansted-Malaga route has been reduced to five frequencies per week and Stansted-Alicante will be axed on October 1.

The airline says that all affected passengers have been informed, adding that it will look to minimise disruption and will compensate passengers by offering alternative travel arrangements and full refunds.

Delivery delays
The news comes after Primera decided in May to postpone its transatlantic services from Birmingham to New York and Toronto due to Airbus A321neo aircraft delivery delays.

In June, however, it vowed to resume long-haul operations from Birmingham in 2019 once its Airbus fleet was operational.

On the latest route cuts from Birmingham, Primera 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.”

It added: “We are committed to minimising any disruption and are deeply sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.”

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