Harlow Enterprise Zone has welcomed the news that Stansted Airport is to see its first scheduled flights to North America for nearly a decade, which is a significant boost to the local economy and to local businesses.
Danish airline, Primera Air is to open a new base at London Stansted and start direct flights to New York and Boston Logan next year. From April 2018, the airline will offer daily services to New York’s Newark Airport and four a week to Boston Logan Airport from May. Primera Air will also announce another trans-Atlantic route from Stansted by the end of summer 2017.
Flights will be operated by new Airbus A321NEO aircraft and include a choice of two cabins, full-service premium and low-fare economy, free Wi-Fi and onboard charging points.
John Keddie, the Chair of the Harlow Enterprise Zone Board, said:
“This is welcome news for the local business community, many of whom have business interests in north America, and who now have the opportunity to utilise our local airport to further those interests. We have long supported Stansted Airport’s work to bring scheduled long haul flights to the region and this can only increase the attractiveness of the area to international businesses.
The Harlow Enterprise Zone is already home to major international companies such as Arrow Electronics, Raytheon and Pearson and our development of the new 37 acre Harlow Science Park, located just 15 minutes from Stansted Airport, will bring many more businesses and jobs to the area. We look forward to continuing to work with Stansted Airport to promote this as a location for international business.”
Andrew Cowan, London Stansted’s Chief Executive, said:
“We’re thrilled Primera Air has chosen London Stansted as its UK base for these exciting and innovative new long-haul services to the USA. We know from our customers that there is enormous demand for flights to New York and Boston from London and the east of England, so the arrival of Primera Air is fantastic news for both business and leisure passengers wanting great value, excellent service and the convenience of flying transatlantic from their local airport.
“The welcome arrival of Primera Air to Stansted offers passengers even more choice and provides great new transatlantic connections to New York and Boston – both of which are important destinations for businesses in our catchment. I’m sure these new services will prove to be really popular and we look forward to working with Primera Air to add more routes in the future.”