Virgin Atlantic has launched a new route from London Heathrow to Austin, Texas.
The airline will fly from London Heathrow to Austin–Bergstrom International Airport four times weekly from Wednesday 25 May 2022.
Flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It’s not immediately clear whether the route initially operate on a summer seasonal basis or year round.
The route will be operated with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
This is Virgin’s first ever route to Texas and its first new route to the US in many years. It is even longer since Virgin launched a destination in the US that is not a hub of its transatlantic joint business partner Delta.
Austin first gained a direct link to London when BA launched a route in 2014. It performed extremely well for BA and was soon upgraded from a Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Norwegian also launched its own service from London Gatwick in 2018.
The city has long been known for cultural events such as the South by Southwest festival. It has a reputation for being one of the more “liveable” cities in the US with easy access to the outdoors. Over the past ten years Austin has experienced significant population growth with many technology companies such as Apple and Oracle having a significant presence in the city.
Flights are expected to go on sale on the Virgin Atlantic website from Wednesday 12 January.
London Heathrow – Austin
Flight VS231 Depart London Heathrow 11:35 – Arrive Austin 16:05
Flight VS232 Depart Austin 18:05- Arrive London Heathrow 09:00