Virgin Atlantic to Launch new Service From Manchester to Mumbai and Delhi
The airline will launch the Manchester-Mumbai route from December 19, 2020, while service to Delhi will commence on January 5, 2021. The new service to India will complement existing Heathrow flights and both routes will be serviced by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
On Thursday (October 15, 2020), Virgin Atlantic announced the launch of two new routes from Manchester to both Mumbai and Delhi, India. Service to Mumbai will commence on December 19, 2020 with three weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while flights to Delhi will launch on January 5, 2020 with twice weekly flights on Tuesdays and Fridays. The new flights complement the carrier’s existing service to India from London-Heathrow and will benefit over half a million Indian ex-patriots living across the north of England. Both routes will be serviced with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner configured with 31 Upper Class, 23 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. In Thursday’s announcement, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Commercial Officer, Juha Jarvinen, said,
“We’re delighted to launch new flying from our home in the north in Manchester. India boasts the largest foreign-born population in the UK and we’re anticipating that post Covid-19, the demand to travel home to visit loved ones will increase. Following the relaunch of services from Heathrow to Mumbai and Delhi in September 2020, these new services from Manchester represent our continued investment in India. Both Mumbai and Delhi are popular year-round destinations, and we look forward to welcoming travellers from the North and Midlands onboard as demand for leisure and business travel gradually increases to the region.”
India has the world’s largest diaspora with over 16 million Indians living outside their country and 500,000 living across northern England. The new routes will open over 130,000 seats to India from Manchester as well as new belly-hold cargo opportunities for importers and exporters. The Delhi service will benefit around 180,000 people from Manchester Airport’s vast catchment area that travel to the city indirectly each year. Virgin Atlantic is also resuming service between Manchester and Barbados from October 26, 2020, as well as Manchester-Islamabad flights starting December 10, 2020. Flights from London-Heathrow to Islamabad and Lahore will also launch on December 12th and 13th, respectively.
Source: Virgin Atlantic