This will be the first time flights from London Heathrow have operated to Shanghai since December 23, 2020, following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Shanghai is Virgin Atlantic’s final route to be reinstated and is driven by the news that China reopened its borders on January 8.
The daily service will resume on May 1 2023, with fares starting from £669pp.
UK tourists can expect a melting pot of culture when visiting Shanghai, from Pudong district’s futuristic skyline, the Bund’s famous waterfront walkways to the traditional pavilions in Yu Gardens.
The route will operate on a Boeing 787-9 with three cabin choices on offer; Upper Class, Premium alongside the airline’s three classes of Economy, Delight, Classic and Light.
Customers travelling to China do not need to show proof of vaccination, however each passenger will need to show proof of a negative PCR test before they enter the country, alongside a health declaration form.
Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “The return of our Shanghai services has been a long-time coming and I’m delighted it’s finally a reality. We’re looking forward to welcoming our customers back on board and providing vital links to one of the UK’s largest trading partners, for both passenger and cargo services.
“Shanghai is the final route to return following the global pandemic, restoring our flying programme to full capacity. Our focus for 2023 is on delivery, as we look forward to launching routes to new destinations, welcoming brand new clean, green aircraft and getting back to our best for our customers and people.”
The airline is due to add new routes to the Maldives and Turks and Caicos later this year.