Less Than Two Months After Inaugural Flight, Dulles Low-Cost Airline Closes

Less than two months after Governor Ralph Northam visited Dulles Airport to celebrate Primera Air’s inaugural flight to London, the airline has filed bankruptcy and abruptly stopped service.

Northam was in town Thursday, August 23. That same day, Primera Air also announced plans to launch a second route between Dulles and Brussels, Belgium. At the time, the company was advertising five nonstop, roundtrip flights per week with fares starting at $199 at Dulles. It was the first low-cost, transatlantic service between London and the Washington region.

The company’s abrupt closure on Oct. 1 left flights grounded and crews and passengers stranded overseas, according to Business Insider.In an internal email, Primera’s director of operations Anders Ludvigsson cited “too high costs” due to an aircraft with corrosion and a delay in receiving new Airbus aircraft.

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