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Primera to scrap short-haul flights from Birmingham

Primera Air will end all of its short-haul flights from the UK's Birmingham airport and close one route from London Stansted later this year.

The Scandinavian carrier says its services from Birmingham to Alicante, Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, Malaga, Reykjavik and Tenerife will be terminated on 3 September. Flights to Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona will cease on 20 October.

Primera blames a "capacity reduction" for the decision to halt the services. The airline suspended its long-haul flights from Birmingham to New York and Toronto in June, which the UK airport attributed to "ongoing late delivery" of an Airbus A321neo.

Additionally, the carrier says it will end its service from Stansted to Alicante on 1 October and reduce the frequency of flights from the London airport to Malaga, to five per week.

FlightGlobal schedules data indicates that from Birmingham. Malaga is served by British Airways, Jet2, Ryanair and TUI; Alicante by Jet2 and Ryanair; Barcelona by Ryanair and Vueling; Tenerife by Jet2, Ryanair, Thomas Cook and TUI; Gran Canaria by Jet2, Ryanair and Thomas Cook; and Palma de Mallorca by BA, Jet2, Ryanair and Thomas Cook.

Jet2, Ryanair and Thomas Cook fly to Alicante from Stansted.

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