MORE CHOICE FOR MANCHESTER: VIRGIN ATLANTIC TO EXPAND AT ITS HOME IN THE NORTH, WITH NEW FLIGHTS AND A BRAND NEW CLUBHOUSE

In a bid to increase choice for customers travelling from the Manchester region, Virgin Atlantic is expanding its operation out of Manchester Airport, with brand new flights from its Northern base, the opening of a new Clubhouse and a refurbished Virgin Holidays v-room at the airport.

As the airline continues to grow in Manchester, its winter schedule from the city will be its biggest to date, with nearly 30,000 additional seats year on year, offering more customers an award-winning full-service experience on-board.

The augmented schedule includes additional flights to Barbados, along with increased capacity on the popular New York service, meeting the needs of both leisure and business travellers;

  • The largest aircraft in the fleet, the Boeing 747, will now operate a greater number of services to New York JFK, increasing MAN-JFK capacity by 65% year on year
  • A third weekly service from Manchester to Barbados will be introduced for the full Winter 2019 season
  • Virgin Atlantic will also increase flying from London Gatwick, with an eighth and ninth weekly service to Barbados for the Winter 2019 season.

These additional services will go on sale from Tuesday 1 October, for travel on various dates through the Winter 2019 season, with fares starting from as little as £409 return. The airline is now reviewing options to add further flights and new destinations to its Winter 2019/ Summer 2020 schedule. A greater number of flights from both Gatwick and Manchester to Orlando will come into effect during peak travel periods, with further details to be announced shortly.

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Last year, Virgin Atlantic increased capacity from Manchester airport by 20%, including a new service between Manchester and Los Angeles, transporting more than 20,000 customers to the west coast city in its first three months, providing the only business class cabin on the route.

In order to provide an unrivalled travel experience, Virgin Atlantic will bring its iconic Clubhouse lounge
to Manchester for the first time from Spring 2020. Upper Class customers and Gold Card members
can take advantage of the exclusive space before their flight, which will include a la carte dinning and
a full service bar, quiet working spaces and a spa, allowing passengers to relax and rejuvenate before
they depart.

The Virgin Holidays v-room will also get a brand new look, alongside the Clubhouse. Whether you’re a honeymooner off to the Caribbean or taking the kids away to Orlando, the v-room caters for everyone, with a buffet food offering and plenty of play areas for younger travellers.

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