Virgin Atlantic announces plans to restart passenger flights

Virgin Atlantic will resume its first post-COVID-19 passenger services on July 20. (KEY - Tom Allett)

Virgin Atlantic has announced it will resume some passenger flights from July 20 and 21. The airline said it will gradually reintroduce services in line with how various governments start to relax travel restrictions.

The first services will be from Heathrow to Orlando and Hong Kong from July 20, followed by Shanghai, New York JFK and Los Angeles the following day.

The airline added that while it expects to steadily increase passenger flying throughout the second half of 2020, it expects a “further, gradual recovery through 2021 in line with customer demand”.

Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer, Virgin Atlantic commented: “As the Covid-19 crisis stabilises and demand slowly returns, we are looking forward to welcoming our customers back onboard and flying them safely to their favourite destinations. To ensure the health and safety of our customers and our people, we’re introducing new measures at every point in the journey to offer peace of mind when taking to the skies with us.”

“Our planned first flights will be to Orlando and Hong Kong on July 20, however, we are monitoring external conditions extremely closely, in particular the travel restrictions many countries have in place including 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 a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, which will allow for a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses. We are planning to announce more destination restart dates in the next two weeks for the month of August.”