Sunday Times

HELLO, NOW GET OFF THE PLANE

- ● L S.

Along-haul bud­get car­rier went out of busi­ness so sud­denly this week that pas­sen­gers wait­ing to take off were told to leave the air­craft and re­claim their lug­gage. The Dan­ish-owned Primera Air said in a state­ment that it was ceas­ing op­er­a­tions as of Tues­day Oc­to­ber 2, but it ef­fec­tively shut down on Mon­day, can­celling seven flights that were sched­uled that day be­tween the US and Europe.

Thou­sands of pas­sen­gers — and staff — were left stranded on both sides of the At­lantic in cities such as Lon­don, New York, Wash­ing­ton DC, Bos­ton, and Toronto, and fac­ing the bur­den of find­ing new flights home.

Some air­lines — in­clud­ing Vir­gin Air­ways, Bri­tish Air­ways and Nor­we­gian — were step­ping in to of­fer them re­duced “repa­tri­a­tion fares”, but other air­lines, such as Amer­i­can and United, told The In­de­pen­dent they would not be of­fer­ing such fares.

Primera blamed de­lays in newair­craft de­liv­er­ies, which forced them into costly leas­ing, for its demise.

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