Virgin Atlantic to restart flights to 17 more destinations

by Laura Gelder

Virgin Atlantic plans to restart flights to 17 additional destinations from August 2020, including Barbados, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Miami, Orlando and Atlanta.

The carrier had previously announced that it would restart flights from Heathrow to Hong Kong on July 20 and to New York JFK and Los Angeles on July 21.

Flights to Barbados will resume on August 1, to San Francisco and Shanghai on August 4 and to Tel Aviv on August 9.

Miami services will restart on August 18, Lagos on August 23, Orlando on August 24 - when flights from Manchester to Orlando should also resume (although these flights are subject to approval by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - and Atlanta on August 25.

September is earmarked for the resumption of services to Washington DC, Seattle, Las Vegas, Mumbai, Delhi and Johannesburg, and October the restart of flights to Boston, Montego Bay (Jamaica), Antigua, Grenada and Tobago Manchester to Barbados services are also expected to start in October.

However the airline said the above schedule depends on the travel restrictions many countries have in place including the current 14-day quarantine policy for travellers entering the UK. 

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic commented: “As countries around the world begin to relax travel restrictions, we look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard and flying them safely to many destinations across our network."

He again called on the UK Government to "review its quarantine measures and instead look at a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, including air bridges, which will support a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses".Jarvinen said the carrier expected more flights from Heathrow and Manchester to resume in September and October 2020.

All flights will operate temporarily from Terminal Two until counsumer demand necessitates the re-opening of Terminal Three.

Safety measures include enhanced cleaning practices at check in, boarding gates and onboard and safe distancing at check-in and boarding.Virgin will also provide passengers with a personal Health Pack, which will contain medical grade face masks which must be be worn onboard, surface wipes and hand gel.

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