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Primera Air quits Birmingham International Airport with all short haul routes closing

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Low-cost short-haul and long-haul carrier Primera Air has announced that it is quitting Birmingham International.

The short haul routes will be closed, with Palma and Barclona ending first on 3rd September.

Other routes such as Reykjavik and Malaga will close on 29th October.

The long haul routes to Boston, New York and Toronto had already been suspended, with Boston and Toronto scrapped before they were even launched.

Comments (75)

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Nice article in Business Week. Re-reading my confirmation from earlier this year for Dubai in October, it clearly states the benefits of being Gold Elite (lounge and breakfast) on my booking directly with SPG. Wonder if any of that will hold up when I question it when I arrive?

    Lego video was great, my 7 year old liked it. I absolutely hate the BA video, terrible.

  • Pid says:

    Has anyone stayed at the Hilton Gatwick airport recently? Is the lounge any good?

    Got an early morning flight in Jan and as it is only £69 it looks a better option than a very early morning start.

    • Peter K says:

      Tripadvisor reviews are very mixed. It is better if you can get in the new wing apparently, but this is hard to get unless you have Hilton Gold/Diamond status according to what ~I have read. The new wing is further from the airport as well with long corridors to traverse.
      The Hampton by Hilton was perfectly fine…but the bed was very hard. Looking at the reviews I have chosen this again over the actual Hilton for my next trip. Hope that helps.

      • Pid says:

        Peter K & TGLoyalty, thank you all very useful. I am diamond and my wife is Gold. We have booked two rooms, one for my parents so hopfully we will all get lounge access.

        Last time we stayed at Gatwick we stayed at the Crowne Plaza and although we got lounge access as a spire the room was tiny.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yep. Even as a gold given an exec room and lounge access in the new wing.

      Lounge is perfectly acceptable but I’d have breakfast down in the resturant. Worth £69

  • r* says:

    Are there any partner rate links for US IHG hotels? The hertz/mastercard links seem to just be for European hotels, the friends and family option is there, but I’d like to get points from the booking.

  • BTC says:

    OT: Iberia Avios…
    With hotel bookings seemingly impossible, I’ve tried all day to transfer via Avios.com, to no avail.
    Any suggestions to enable this, or a timescale for hotel bookings reactivating?

    • BTC says:

      After a bit of playing around, I’ve actually managed a points booking from my history…