Icelandic budget airline Primera Air has announced plans to launch five direct flights a week from London Stansted to Washington Dulles from August 22, 2018.
The fares to Washington will start from £199. The airline, which is set to start its new flights from Stansted to New York and Boston in April and Toronto in May, is also increasing planned flight frequency to Toronto from August.
‘Andri M. Ingolfsson, Primera Air President and owner of Primera Air, said: ‘We’ve been planning to add Washington from the beginning of the transatlantic flight project. We see a strong demand for this route and we are the first low-cost airline to start operations between both cities, offering people an affordable way of transatlantic travel.’
Ken O’ Toole, London Stansted’s CEO, commented, ‘We’ve already seen a very positive response from passengers to Primera’s previous announcement of new services to New York, Boston and Toronto, and the addition of Washington will provide even more choice and connectivity to the east coast of the USA.
‘We have made clear our ambition is to provide more services to the USA, and add routes to China and India, so this is another step towards that goal. We look forward to the launch of these exciting new services in the coming months.’
Following increased demand for flights from London Stansted to Toronto, Primera Air has decided to increase flight frequency from three to five flights per week. The airline has previously announced plans to open a new base at London Stansted for flights to New York, Boston and Toronto along with new routes to Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Barcelona and Chania.
Primera Air, which has 20 new Boeing MAX9-ER aircraft on order, will also expand its presence on current bases and add new transatlantic routes and bases over the next two years, it said.