Primera Air London Stansted to Washington Dulles
Felipe Gomez-Smith, Regional Manager, Primera Air, was on hand on 22 August with the first flight crew to launch the LCC’s latest long-haul service from London Stansted to Washington Dulles. The new capital connection joins the airline’s other long-haul routes from Stansted to Boston, New York Newark and Toronto Pearson.
The celebrations continued in the US, with a mass ribbon cutting. “Today, we celebrate the expansion of the important partnership between Virginia and the UK, as well as the increased connectivity that this new transatlantic service represents,” said Governor Ralph Northam. Following the airline’s inaugural flight to Washington Dulles on 22 August, Primera Air announced plans at the event to launch a second route to the US airport from Brussels beginning on 2 June.
- Primera Air launched its latest long-haul route from London Stansted (STN) on 22 August, adding a five times weekly service to Washington Dulles (IAD). The route to the US capital is operated by the LCC’s A321neo fleet, and faces no direct competition, although indirect competition comes from United Airlines (three times daily), British Airways (15 times weekly) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (daily), with all three flying between London Heathrow and Dulles. Mark Souter, London Stansted’s Aviation Manager, said: “The launch of Primera Air’s new service to Washington Dulles is a great addition to the airline’s long-haul offer from London Stansted and a clear reflection of the demand that exists across London and the East of England for convenient and affordable connections to the US and beyond. We have made clear our ambition is to provide passengers with more choice and opportunities to travel long-haul from Stansted, including more services to the US and the addition of new routes to China and India, so the launch of this new service is another step towards delivering that goal.” Along with Washington, Primera Air serves Boston, New York Newark and Toronto Pearson from its Stansted base. This is not the first time that the London airport has had direct flights to Dulles, with MAXjet, an old American all-business class airline which ceased flying in 2007, having operated a brief service on the route before it stopped trading. See how Washington Dulles Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.