Primera Air opened its Birmingham base on 14 May, with its first two routes form the UK airport being connections to Palma de Malloca and Malaga, with it soon beginning its first transatlantic operations from Birmingham to New York Newark. Among those at the launch was Tom Screen, Acting Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport (third right).
- Primera Air inaugurated operations from its new base in Birmingham (BHX) on 14 May, with its first two routes being Spanish links to Malaga (AGP) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI). The first two routes come ahead of the airline’s transatlantic debut from the city to New York Newark on 18 May, with Toronto Pearson flights following soon after in June. Anastasija Visnakova, CCO of Primera Air, said of the Birmingham base opening: “It was a pleasure to welcome our passengers on the inaugural service to Malaga. The range of destinations, both European and transatlantic, at fantastic prices creates more choice for passengers travelling from Birmingham Airport. We have growth plans for Birmingham and we look forward to working with the airport and serving the region’s leisure and business travellers throughout 2018 and beyond.” While both Spanish routes are new to Primera Air, both are already well served from Birmingham. The 1,767-kilometre sector to Malaga is already flown by Jet2.com (nine times weekly), Ryanair (nine), TUI Airways (four) and British Airways (one). The 1,473-kilometre jaunt to Palma de Mallorca is already flown by Jet2.com (eight), TUI Airways (eight), Ryanair (daily), Thomas Cook Airlines (four) and British Airways (two). Along with its new routes from Birmingham, Primera Air also began services from Aalborg (AAL) to Athens (ATH) this week. Initiated on 10 May, the route between the Danish and Greek cities will be flown by the airline weekly (Thursdays) facing no direct competition. The 2,366-kilometre connection, along with the airline’s Birmingham services, will be flown by 737-800s. No other airline currently links Aalborg to Athens. See how Birmingham Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.