Gov. Ralph Northam was in Loudoun this morning to celebrate Primera Air’s inaugural flight to from London Stanstead Airport. It is the first low-cost, transatlantic service between London and the Washington region.
Primera Air will offer five nonstop, roundtrip flights per week.
“Today, we celebrate the expansion of the important partnership between Virginia and the United Kingdom, as well as the increased connectivity that this new transatlantic service represents,” Northamsaid. “We look forward to welcoming more British travelers as they explore our beautiful beaches, stunning mountain resorts, lively cities and charming small towns. This new service taking flight represents a key avenue for increased business and trade investment from the United Kingdom and across the European continent.”
The airline’s low cost fares—beginning at $199 for the Dulles—are expected to boost international tourism in the commonwealth. In 2017, 560,000 overseas travelers visited Virginia and spent more than $1.6 billion. Of those visitors, 80,000 were from the United Kingdom, according to the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Primera Air today also announced plans to launch a second route between Dulles and Brussels, Belgium, beginning June 2, 2019—making Primera Air the first low-cost, long-haul carrier with service to Brussels Airport.
Primera Air is the latest in a series of new airline services launching at Virginia’s Dulles this year. In 2017, Dulles’ international passenger activity increased to a record 7.8 million.