In July Icelandic carrier Primera Air announced plans to fly to fly to Newark and Boston from Birmingham, London Stansted and Paris Charles de Gaulle in 2018 using Airbus A321neos.
I’m not sure why Primera hasn’t been on my radar. Norwegian and Wow Air garner most of the attention as transatlantic discounters.
But L.B.K. points out that they’re selling $99 transatlantic tickets. Here’s Newark – London Stansted. This service starts April 19th.
Now this is their ‘light’ fare. And it’s pretty draconian, it’s not like a basic economy fare where once you’re onboard you are treated like everyone else. Your fare determines whether you even get a meal or not.
A checked bag, choosing your seat, and a meal costs you $90 more which is a significant jump. I’m not sure how big the market is for $99 transatlantic one-ways with hang luggage only. And the return flight will be higher, as European departures frequently are.
Boston – Stansted prices from $99 as well once that service starts May 18. Paris flights are higher.