Virgin Atlantic is cranking up its operation out of Manchester Airport, adding new flights and opening a new Clubhouse. The UK carrier’s winter schedule from its Northern UK hub will see 30,000 additional seats added compared to the corresponding period last year.
The latest schedule includes additional flights to Barbados, along with increased capacity on the New York service, meeting the needs of both leisure and business travellers.
Virgin Atlantic will deploy Boeing 747 on 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, complemented up an eighth and ninth weekly service from London Gatwick to Barbados.
The airline said it 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 soon.
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 US 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.
Juha Jarvinen, EVP Commercial at Virgin Atlantic, commented;
“As one of our three core hubs in the UK alongside Heathrow and Gatwick, Manchester is Virgin Atlantic’s home in the North. As part of our growth strategy, we have long-since held an ambition to expand in Manchester and that is reflected in a significant 92% increase in seat capacity since 2014. Schedule expansion this winter, coupled with our first ever Clubhouse in the North, demonstrate our clear commitment to the region.
“There is a huge opportunity for Virgin Atlantic here; we want to be the airline of choice for customers travelling from Manchester Airport and we’re eager to build upon our announcement today, with a greater number of new flights and destinations to follow in the near future.”
Virgin Atlantic flies the newly refurbished Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 747 from Manchester to destinations across the USA and the Caribbean, including Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. All cabins offer complimentary food and drink, with a full Wi-Fi offering on board.
Lead image: Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse Lounge at London Heathrow | Photo credit: God Save the Lounge