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Passengers stranded after budget airline stops flying

Primera Air Credit: ITV Anglia

Passengers have been left stranded after a transatlantic airline operating from London Stansted went into administration.

Danish leisure carrier Primera Air has announced it has exhausted all possible hopes of saving the company.

It's claimed travellers at Stansted were only told of the airline's demise as they were waiting for their flight.

Primera Air, which was owned by an Icelandic company, says it wasn't able to resolve financing issues which had been ongoing for some time.

With a great regret, we must inform you that Primera Air will cease all operations on the midnight of October 1st, 2018 and enter administration process, after 14 years of operations. This is a sad day for all the employees and passengers of Primera Air. The company has been working relentlessly during the last months to secure the long-term financing of the airline. Not being able to reach an agreement with our bank for a bridge financing, we had no other choice than filing for bankruptcy.

– Primera Air

This evening the Civil Aviation Authority encouraged passengers to use it's website for advice.

It says stranded passengers will have to make their own arrangements for getting home.

Primera Air, a Danish scheduled air carrier which operated services from various points in the United Kingdom, has announced it will cease operations. Primera Air is not covered by the UK Civil Aviation Authority's ATOL Protection scheme which only covers passengers booked on a package holiday.

– Civil Aviation Authority

The collapse has come almost a year to the day after Luton based airline Monarch ceased operations on October 2nd 2017 when around 2,300 people lost their jobs.

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Catch-up: ITV News Anglia's special programme on Stansted airport

ITV News Anglia marked 25 years of Stansted's iconic terminal with a special programme live from the airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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In the years which followed a lot has changed. Stansted is now a major hub for low cost airlines and annual passenger numbers have risen to more than 23 million. The terminal has been extended twice.

To mark the 25-year anniversary, ITV News Anglia produced a special programme live from the busy terminal presented by Jonathan Wills and Becky Jago

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Senior executives say they've managed to cut costs, boost margins and increase capacity

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The airline reported a total of 27.6 million passengers in the six months to the end of March, a rise of 4%.

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The business, which has courted more lucrative business customers through seat allocation and priority boarding, said it flew a record 12 million business passengers in the year to March.

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Southend is increasing the number of scheduled flights using the airport Credit: ITV Anglia

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Stansted's owners are keen to attract new business Credit: Press Association

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Steve Fletcher and David Jones celebrate the new deal Credit: Marshall Aerospace

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It recently expanded to embrace the Middle East, Africa, the Caucuses and Russia.

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easyJet says it needs 330 new pilots for 2013 Credit: Press Association

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