Thousands of passengers stranded, Primera Air shuts abruptly

Published on : Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Primera AirPassengers at Stansted were stranded in North America and continental Europe after Primera Air ceased flying.



The news of the collapse left many with worthless tickets home, unpaid claims by the passengers whose flight was disrupted earlier in the summer.



So far one aircraft was impounded at the Stansted airport.  The Icelandic owned airline has operations based in both Latvia and Denmark  and for around 15 years has been running charter operations serving Nordic passengers.



Last year it made announcements of flights from  Stansted and Birmingham to New York, Boston, Washington and Toronto, as well as destinations in Spain and other parts of Europe.




However a number of routes were dropped even before the operations had begun. Further it was announced that it would be abandoning Birmingham completely.




Late deliveries from Airbus of the new A321 jets and weak demand was the reason behind the failure. Although transatlantic routes from Stansted were operational but many passengers got the feeling that they were travelling on 28-year-old Boeing 757 chartered from the US rather than the brand-new Airbus.



The airlines was still trading and selling tickets although rumours were rife about its collapse coming after at same time after the collapse of Monarch.



There will be so operations for Primera Air and other airlines will offer special repatriation fares for the disrupted passengers.



It is advised for the passengers holding Primera Air tickets to claim from their credit card company or travel insurer, unless it is a part of their package.Here , the tour operator needs to provide a refund or alternative flights.




The standard practice considering flight cancellation is to tell the passengers to book on alternative airlines with the promise of refund. But compensation for abruptly cancelled flights was withheld and passengers are technically unsecured creditors chances of them getting any recompense was less.

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