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63 53 60 54 62 53 62 52 60 52 66 57 58 55 63 57 STRANDED ABROAD; BRUM TRAVELLERS FACE NIGHTMARE JOURNEY HOME AFTER COLLAPSE OF BUDGET AIRLINE.

Byline: GRAEME BROWN Executive Editor graeme.brown@reachplc.com

PASSENGERS are feared stranded following the collapse of budget airline Primera Air, which was flying from Birmingham until Monday.

The airline is not covered by the UK Civil Aviation Authority's ATOL protection scheme.

It launched to great fanfare from the airport, promising direct flights to New York, but started bankruptcy proceedings after struggling to establish itself.

It carried 65,417 passengers after starting operations on May 14.

Primera flew to New York for a month, Malaga, Palma and Chania from Birmingham.

A Birmingham Airport spokesperson said: "Birmingham Airport is extremely disappointed that Primera Air has ceased flying.

has numerous operation from "Primera Air is not covered by the UK Civil Aviation Authority's ATOL protection spokesperson scheme as the airline is not registered in the UK.

"Passengers who have booked a forthcoming flight with Primera Air or who have currently flown should visit the CAA website for advice on travel and refunds: https://tinyurl.com/y7l2qwc7 . "Primera Air has encountered numerous issues with its operation and reliability from Birmingham, and other UK airports, and flights were due to cease on the 29th of this month.

"We would like to reassure passengers that the majority of routes served by Primera Air can be booked through alternative airlines from Birmingham Airport."

A flight from Birmingham Airport to Malaga took off on Monday. It had been operating five times a week - Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Birmingham Airport does not know how many passengers are still in Malaga because the flights are scheduled.

An announcement on its website said that as of yesterday, Airline Primera Air and IATA codes PF and 6F have been suspended.

On September 3, it stopped running services between Birmingham and Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona.

The operator said this was due to a lack of demand for tickets despite positive signs from trading earlier in the summer.

Chania A "Primera Air has encountered numerous issues with its operation and reliability from Birmingham. Airport spokesperson

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Primera Air is grounded after filing for bankrupcy on Monday

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