25.02.2008 15:15

Jón Karl Olafsson new CEO of Primera Air

Jón Karl Ólafsson will be the new CEO of Primera Air, effective March 3rd. Jon Karl Olafsson will also serve on Primera Travel Group’s management board of and is expected to be one of key officers of the Group. Ingimar Ingimarsson, former CEO of JetX/Primera Air, will become chairman of Primera´s board.

Primera Air currently operates 6 planes and aims to operate 10 - 12 next year. Most of the operation is on behalf of Primera Travel Group, which owns and operates Budget Travel in Ireland, Heimsferdir and Terra Nova in Iceland, Solresor in Sweden, Solia in Norway, Bravo Tours in Denmark as well as Matka Vekka and Lomamatkat in Finland.

Primera Air has experienced large growth in the last 18 months. This spring will see operations starting in Dublin, Ireland, with two new aircraft. Primera Air currently operates flights from Keflavik, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen.

Andri Már Ingólfsson, CEO and owner of Primera Travel Group
“Jon Karl Olafsson has a vast, longstanding experience with the flight and travel industry. We consider Jon Karl Olafsson a great asset, and the best possible candidate to lead the future development and growth of Primera Air.”

Jón Karl Ólafsson, CEO of Primera Air
“I am very positive towards the exciting projects that Primera have been working on in the travel business as well as the flight industry. We envision more growth and development ahead and with the great staff at Primera Air, I look forward to the tasks that await us.”

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About Jon Karl Olafsson
Jón Karl Ólafsson was Managing Director of domestic carrier Air Iceland (Flugfelags Islands) from 1999 to 2004. He became CEO of Icelandair in 2004 and subsequently CEO of Icelandair Group from 2005 to 2007. Jon Karl Olafsson has been chairman of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association since 2003 and on the board of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce, serving as chairman between 2003 and 2005. He has also been on the board of the Trade Council of Iceland and the Confederation of Icelandic Employers.