Good news for trans-Atlantic penny-pinchers flying out of Boston. Another low-cost, no-frills Scandinavian airline touches down at Logan in spring 2018. Primera Air will launch with some fares as low as $99 from Boston nonstop to Europe. Service will run from Boston four times a week to Birmingham, England; London-Stansted; and Paris-Charles De Gaulle. The year-round flights launch May 2018 and tickets are currently available.
Primera is based in Denmark and Latvia and will go up against budget carriers such as Norwegian and WOW airlines at Logan. All three offer lower fares by stripping extras from flights, such as no free beverages or food. Norwegian offers seatback televisions on its 787 Dreamliners, but not on the rest of its fleet. WOW and Primera offer no in-flight entertainment. Unlike its competitors, Primera will offer free Wi-Fi and charging stations. The airline has not released information on legroom, but it’s dividing the plane into two cabins, premium and economy.
Premium class, which is decidedly not $99, gets you more legroom, a free checked bag, and a meal on flights. Economy gets you those $99 fares, and little else. It’s important to note that the $99 price is only available on select flights.
Similar to other low-cost carriers, fees are steep on Primera. Checking a suitcase is $90 round trip. It costs another $45 to choose your seat on each flight. Meals start at $40 and go up to a whopping $70. Even a kids meal is $40. At those prices, I’d suggest you eat a burger, or 10, at the airport before you board. If you bundle those extras into the “comfort fare,” you’ll pay an extra $90 over the economy.
But if you’re willing to risk a center seat, travel with a small carry-on no larger than 22 pounds, and no food or beverages, Primera will be a good fit for your budget travel.