Virgin Atlantic will resume flights between London Heathrow and Seattle and Washington, DC in the first week of March, completing its “full list” of US destinations, the carrier announced Thursday. Additionally, the airline will increase frequency on some other US routes.
The carrier cited “renewed customer confidence” and a 50% increase in bookings year-on-year. “Following the easing of travel restrictions, we have seen increased demand to many of our global destinations, but particularly to our core US,” Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer of Virgin Atlantic, said in a statement. communicated.
Flights from Seattle resume on March 2 with five weekly departures from Heathrow using Boeing 787-9s. Washington, DC, service will resume on March 5, also with five weekly departures from Heathrow, but using an Airbus A330 aircraft.
Destinations with increased frequencies from March will include New York, San Francisco and Atlanta. In April, Virgin Atlantic will add a third daily flight to Los Angeles. The carrier will also operate flights to Orlando from its four UK airports in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast.
The carrier announced in January a new direct service between Heathrow and Austin, Texas, which will begin on May 25.
Virgin Atlantic is also offering a flexible policy on new bookings, with free and unlimited date and flight changes until August 31, 2022, including a free name change as well. Additionally, the airline has extended the date that rescheduled trips can be taken until December 31, 2023, for all new and existing bookings.