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Virgin Atlantic and Delta Return to London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 From July 15, 2021

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

Virgin Atlantic and Delta have been given approval to return to Terminal 3 at London Heathrow from July 15, 2021 and the Clubhouse lounge will also reopen. Terminal 3 has been closed for over a year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350-1000 - Courtesy Airbus

On Monday (July 5, 2021), Virgin Atlantic announced that, along with Delta Air Lines, they will return to London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 starting July 15, 2021. The terminal has been closed for over a year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Virgin Atlantic’s award-winning Clubhouse, Revivals lounge and Upper Class Wing will reopen. Clubhouse guests will enjoy complimentary a-la-carte menus featuring five-star dining, smaller tapas dishes, meats and cheeses from the deli and afternoon tea. A wide selection of wine, cocktails and soft drinks will also be available to be enjoyed across the club’s many relaxation spaces such as the library, restaurant or outside plane spotting on the roof terrace.

Commenting on the reopening of LHR Terminal 3, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Customer and Operating Officer, Corneel Koster, said,

“We’re delighted to finally be back on our home turf, and I know our teams can’t wait to warmly welcome our customers to Terminal 3, as they return to the skies in style, as they fly safe and well with Virgin Atlantic. Whilst it’s a constructive step that many of our customers can imminently enjoy our much-loved facilities the Government still needs to recognise the US as a “Green” destination. Whilst travel between the UK and US is closed, £23 million in economic value each day is restricted. We urge the UK Government to move the US to the UK’s ‘Green list’ and for the Biden administration to repeal the 212F proclamation for UK travellers.”

Delta Air Lines’ Regional Sales Manager, Nadia Clinton, added,

“Moving back to our home in Terminal 3 will allow our customers to once again enjoy the award-winning experience they have missed during the pandemic. Given current vaccination rates, we know customers can travel safely between our two countries. A recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, coupled with robust air filtration systems and mask mandates on board, put the risk of transmission on a plane traveling between the UK and US at 1 in 1 million. We implore the UK and US Governments to allow non-essential travel to resume.”

Founded by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson in 1984, Virgin Atlantic has brought innovation and the highest level of customer care to the airline industry. The carrier was voted Britain’s only Global Five Star Airline by APEX in 2020 for the fourth consecutive year. Headquartered in London, Virgin Atlantic employs 5,900 team members worldwide. The airline currently serves 27 destinations across four continents. Alongside shareholder and Joint Venture partner Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic operates a leading network between the US and UK, with onward connections to over 200 cities around the world. By 2022, Virgin Atlantic will operate an efficient and simplified fleet of 37 twin-engine aircraft, delivering a 10 percent savings compared to the aircraft they replace.

Source(s): Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines

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