Virgin Atlantic is planning to restart its transatlantic service to three gateway destinations in the US. The carrier’s flights between London Heathrow and San Francisco resumed last week.
Service from the London hub to Orlando and Las Vegas will resume in November, following the announcement that the US will ease travel restrictions on fully vaccinated inbound passengers sometime in the coming month. The airline said that bookings to the US had risen by over 600 percent last week on the back of the news.
Virgin says it will also resume flights from Manchester to Orlando and New York next month as the new travel rules go into effect.
Virgin’s Heathrow-Orlando route will be the first the carrier will operate aboard its newly configured A350 aircraft, which features a smaller Upper Class cabin, more economy seats, and a new premium social space called ‘The Booth.’
Virgin will also launch its new route to St Vincent on Oct. 13, a service which had originally been planned to commence in June. The carrier’s Heathrow-Bahamas route will launch on Nov. 20 as planned, and flights between London and St Lucia will begin Dec. 18.
Finally Virgin is set to launch its first international flights from its newly established base in Edinburgh on December 5, with a twice-weekly service to Barbados.
“As global travel restrictions ease and connecting passengers with loved ones and colleagues becomes a reality, we’re looking forward to welcoming customers back on board and transporting them to a wider range of our destinations,” commented Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic. “I’m delighted our customers can take advantage of our expanded route network, as we fly our customers safely once again.”