Virgin Atlantic is set to return to the skies this summer, announcing new destinations for August and beyond.
Virgin has today announced plans to return to the following destinations:
- Heathrow to Barbados (August 1)
- Heathrow to San Francisco (August 4)
- Heathrow to Tel Aviv (August 9)
- Heathrow to Miami (August 18)
- Heathrow to Lagos (August 23)
- Heathrow to Atlanta (August 25)
In September the airline will resume services from Heathrow to Washington, D.C, Seattle, Las Vegas, Mumbai, Delhi, and Johannesburg, with flights operating from Heathrow to Boston in October.
Last month, the airline opened bookings for the summer of 2021, announcing 24 destinations. It said in a statement: “As countries start to lift travel restrictions and travel demand begins to return, it is expected that Virgin Atlantic will steadily increase passengers flying in the second half of the year, with a further, gradual recovery through 2021.”
It has been a difficult time for the long-haul airline. In early May, Virgin Atlantic announced it would pull out of Gatwick Airport and cut 3,150 jobs, roughly a third of its workforce, in an attempt to cut costs. The company has been particularly exposed to the virus as long-haul flights have been the worst affected in the sector, and are likely to take the longest to recover.