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Virgin Atlantic Announces Return to Service With 17 Additional Destinations From August 2020

Virgin Atlantic announced on Monday that as they return to service this summer, they will offer 17 additional destinations in August including flights to Tel Aviv, Miami, San Francisco and Barbados. The carrier expects to resume service from London-Heathrow on July 20, 2020.

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Courtesy Boeing

On Monday, Virgin Atlantic announced an expansion of their summer 2020 offer with 17 additional destinations from August 2020. As previously announced, the carrier expects to resume service from London-Heathrow (LHR) on July 22, 2020. Some of the additional routes that will be added to the carrier’s schedule include service to Tel Aviv, Miami, San Francisco and Barbados. Virgin Atlantic further announced today that they have taken the difficult decision to delay resumption of service from LHR to Orlando (MCO) in the U.S. until August 24, 2020. The carrier will offer seasonal service to Orlando from Glasgow and Belfast in their summer 2021 schedule. In Monday’s announcement, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Commercial Officer, Juha Jarvinen said,

“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. From 20th July we are planning to resume some services and then from 1st August onwards, we will resume passenger flying to 17 additional destinations around the world including Tel Aviv, Miami, Lagos and San Francisco. However, we are monitoring external conditions extremely closely, in particular the travel restrictions many countries have in place and the 14 day quarantine policy for travellers entering the UK. We know that as the Covid-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recovery. Therefore, we are calling for UK government to continually 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.”

Virgin Atlantic's Planned Return to Service From London-Heathrow - Courtesy Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic will continue to monitor their network and as demand continues to recover will likely add more flights from London-Heathrow and Manchester in September and October 2020. The carrier has also implemented additional health and well-being measures to ensure guests return to plying with peace of mind and confidence. Some additional sanitization protocols include enhanced cleaning practices at check-in, boarding gates and onboard, including the use of electrostatic spraying of high-grade disinfectant in ll aircraft cabins and lavatories. Virgin Atlantic guests will also be provided with a personal ‘Health Pack’ which includes medical-grade face masks (required to be worn onboard), surface wipes and hand sanitizer gel. The carrier has also temporarily simplified their hot food service in the Economy and Premium Economy cabins to minimize contact. Upper Class guests will receive a choice of hot meals and desserts, including cheese and biscuits, which will be delivered to their seats on a tray. Virgin Atlantic will also temporarily offer a limited alcohol selection in all cabins.

Source: Virgin Atlantic


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