Virgin Atlantic has announced it will launch new nonstop service between London Heathrow and Austin, TX, beginning on May 25. The four times weekly service will operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The service will operate aboard a 787-9 Dreamliner with 31 Upper Class; 35 Premium; and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. Flights will depart Austin at 6:05 PM and arrive London at 9:00 AM the following day, with return flights departing London at 11:35 AM and arriving in Austin at 4:05 PM.
This is Virgin Atlantic’s first new route to the US since 2015. The carrier had resumed services to its existing US gateways last fall, after having scaled back its transatlantic schedule in the face of pandemic-related travel restrictions.
Virgin joins fellow UK carrier British Airways on the Heathrow-Austin route, with BA set to resume flights to the Texas capital in October after a 17-month hiatus due to COVID-19.
“Since US borders opened to UK travelers on Nov. 8, it feels extra special to be launching new flying, especially to the fantastic city of Austin,” said Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic. “There are so many synergies between Virgin Atlantic and the city of Austin. With an impressive food, arts and music scene, we know it’s a destination our customers will love to explore.”
Flights will be available for booking starting Jan. 12.