Primera Air, a Danish low-cost airline that provides passenger service to destinations from Northern Europe to more than 40 destinations in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and North America, has announced several new North American-European connections, including service from Boston, New York, Toronto and Montreal to Frankfurt, Berlin, Brussels, and Madrid.
Frankfurt Airport will be served with four weekly flights from Boston beginning in July 2019, as well as daily flights from New York, daily flights from Toronto, three WEEKLY flights from Montreal. Also, Brussels Airport will be connected with Boston by four weekly flights starting in June 2019, as well as daily flights from Newark and three weekly flights from Washington DC.
The discount airline has also added connections from Berlin, including daily flights to New York, four weekly flights to Boston and three weekly flights to Toronto starting in June 2019. The flights from Berlin will be the first for Primera to JFK International Airport. The airline began serving the New York area this year with flights to Newark Airport, a favorite hub among low-cost airlines. For the Berlin route, though, Primera managed to secure a slot at JFK Airport, the main international airport in New York, making it the third discount transatlantic airline to serve the airport after Norwegian and WOW Air.
“Berlin has been one of the key bases in our strategy, as it is one of the major European cities and we can bring a lot of tourists from North America, who otherwise could not afford to travel there,” said Anastasija Visnakova, Primera Air’s chief commercial officer. “Besides, this will be a huge opportunity for German travelers to fly transatlantic for less.”
From New York, Primera will be competing with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, the only airlines flying New York/Newark-Berlin routes since Air Berlin ended its service last year and Lufthansa discontinued its service from JFK earlier this year. Primera will provide daily year-round service from New York to Berlin, while Delta only offers seasonal service.
The airline will also add long-haul services from Madrid to Boston, Newark and Toronto. The daily flights from Madrid to New York will begin in July 2019. Flights will be operated by Boeing MAX. Primera’s fleet also features five Airbus A321neos, while short-haul routes are serviced by 10 Boeing 737NGs. This year, Primera Air has completed nearly 980 trips across the Atlantic, carrying more than 180,000 passengers to destinations across Europe.
“Having operated routes between Northern Europe and Spain for quite some time now, we are thrilled to bring low-fare transatlantic flights to Madrid. We see strong and growing demand for affordable long-haul flights,” Visnakova said.