The recent announcement that Primera Air, an Icelandic leisure airline, is to offer a new transatlantic services from London Stansted Airport from April 2018 onwards, is set to benefit Essex businesses in the life sciences and health technology sectors. The airline will offer daily services from New York’s Newark Airport, four a week to Boston’s Logan Airport and have just announced a further three weekly services to Toronto, Canada.
New York and Boston are integral hubs for cutting edge research in the life sciences sectors as well as being home to world class universities. Rapid advances in life sciences and health technologies are being driven by partnerships between industry and universities. The introduction of the new service between London Stansted Airport and the USA is set to advance the access of Essex businesses to world leading research.
Expanding connectivity in the county
The CEO of Primera Air, Hrafn Thorgeirsson, spoke at a special event hosted by One Nucleus, the international life science organisation, outlining the great value, excellent service and fundamental connectivity the airline will be affording its passengers and businesses along the London-Cambridge corridor upon its launch next spring.
“We believe that these routes will be a great success, serving the catchment area of Stansted and also having great importance in the development of the area Looking at our advanced bookings, we are really happy to see a level of demand that has already exceeded our expectations”.
Hrafn Thorgeirsson, CEO, Primera Air
London Stansted Airport’s role in connecting businesses in the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor
London Stansted Airport, who already reach over 190 destinations and serve over 25 million customers, have expressed their delight at being chosen as a base for Primera to launch their new innovative service.
‘Access to long-haul destinations has been the number one priority for the business community and I hope this will be the start of a very positive and lasting relationship providing businesses with the routes they want while at the same time increasing tourism to our region and attracting inward investment… We know from our customers that there is enormous demand for flights to New York and Boston from London and the east of England, particularly the life-science, pharmaceutical and hi-tech sectors based here which trade and do business globally.’
Ken O’Toole, CEO, London Stansted Airport
Primera Air and London Stansted Airport have continued working together to further the county’s connectivity by announcing a third transatlantic flight to Toronto. Toronto Canada is London Stansted’s fifth largest unserved destination with over 280,000 local passengers flying each year to Toronto from other London airports. The flight will be operating three times a week and will launch in June 2018 after the launch of the USA flights.
‘Yet again, we are very proud to announce our new direct route to the Canadian city of Toronto from our new base at London Stansted. This exciting destination will be a great addition to our earlier announced New York (EWR) and Boston routes which will take to the air from April next year from London Stansted. With our brand new Airbus321NEO aircraft, we are opening routes previously traditionally served only by wide-body aircraft. With unmatched efficiency of these new-generation aircraft, we will be able to offer unprecedented prices to our passengers from the UK to USA and Canada. At the same time, we are very proud to be offering a low-fare/high quality product and service concept, that will be perfect both for leisure and business travellers.’
Andri M. Ingolfsson, Primera Air President & Chairman, Primera Air
Flights to all three destinations are now on sale with prices starting from £149 one-way inclusive.
Benefits of Essex’s location for the life sciences and health technology businesses
Essex is located at the heart of the London-Stansted-Cambridge innovation corridor, positioning businesses within Europe’s largest life sciences and healthcare technologies cluster. The introduction of this new airline service will further Essex’s status as an ideal position for businesses operating in the life science and health technologies sectors.
Essex’s state-of-the-art research and business parks offer fast connections to both Cambridge and London via the M11 motorway. These strategic business locations provide life sciences and healthcare companies with direct access to world-class people, knowledge, funding and collaborative networks, at significantly lower cost than either Cambridge or London can offer.
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