It was just a few weeks ago that Primera Air proudly announced new nonstop service from Dulles to Stanstead Airport near London. But now the budget carrier has unexpectedly grounded its fleet and appears to have gone out of business, leaving passengers stranded.
“On this sad day we are saying Goodbye to all of you,” a message posted on the airline’s website said. It was later replaced by one claiming technical difficulties.
The Danish carrier operated 15 planes and had been offering trans-Atlantic flights for as little as a few hundred dollars. Passengers who took advantage of the bargain fares found themselves trying to figure out how to get home when the airline collapsed earlier this week, offering no assistance to stranded customers.
Gov. Ralph Northam and other officials had officiated at the launch of Primera’s Dulles service in August, Northam enthusing that, “this new service taking flight represents a key avenue for increased business and trade investment from the United Kingdom and across the European continent.”