Virgin Atlantic is to resume passenger flights at London Heathrow from Monday 20 July 2020.
Since late April, Virgin has suspended all passenger operations, operating cargo-only flights.
Virgin will reinstate passenger flights from London Heathrow to Hong Kong and Orlando from 20 July 2020.
Flights to Los Angeles, New York JFK and Shanghai will resume from Tuesday 21 July 2020.
At the time of publication flights, except Orlando, have been loaded on to the Virgin Atlantic website. Schedules indicate flights to Los Angeles will operate twice daily and flights to New York JFK will operate 4-5 daily. This does seem high for the restart of operations.
Virgin plans to reinstate more routes in August and these will be announced over the next two weeks. The airline expects to reinstate routes gradually throughout 2020 and into 2021 as demand for air travel returns. This will depend a large part on the lifting of travel restrictions and the impact of the UK’s mandatory quarantine regime on arriving passengers.
Virgin Atlantic has relocated to London Heathrow Terminal 2, due to temporary closure of Terminal 3.
In common with other airlines, passengers are asked to maintain social distancing throughout the airport and to scan their own boarding pass at the aircraft gate. Face masks are also required at London Heathrow and on board aircraft.
Virgin’s in-flight service has been reduced with a streamlined meal service and only soft drinks. Full details of these measures are available from Virgin Atlantic.