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Virgin Atlantic flights: Airline to restart passenger flights from Heathrow next month

Virgin Atlantic announced today that it will restart its flights from July 20. The airline, which has been running limited flights since the coronavirus pandemic began, said that it will be resuming its services from London Heathrow.

The destinations on offer include London Heathrow to Orlando, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York JFK and Los Angeles.

The airline has also said that more routes will be announced in the coming weeks.

Virgin Atlantic has said that “additional measures” will be put in place at the airport and onboard to make sure customers and crew are kept safe.

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Cargo flights will continue on the airline’s network across the world.

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Virgin Atlantic flights: Airline to restart passenger flights from Heathrow next month (Image: Getty Images)

Virgin Atlantic flights: Cargo flights will continue on the airline’s network across the world (Image: GETTY)

The airline has also said that they will be steadily increasing passenger flights throughout the second half of 2020 as countries around the world relax their travel restrictions.

They will then gradually recover in 2021 as customer demand increases.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic said that will be vital to the UK’s economic recovery.

He said: “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.

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“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.”

He added: “Our planned first flights will be to Orlando and Hong Kong on the 20th July, 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.

Virgin Atlantic: Virgin will continue to operate from Terminal 2 at Heathrow for now (Image: GETTY)

“We are planning to announce more destination restart dates in the next two weeks for the month of August.”

Virgin will continue to operate from Terminal 2 at Heathrow for now.

The airline said: “Virgin Atlantic will return to its much loved home at London Heathrow Terminal 3 when demand at Heathrow grows, enabling Terminal 3 to reopen.”

The first flight from Heathrow will be to Orlando.

The flights will be loaded onto their website and systems over the next two weeks but could be subject to change.

International travel post-lockdown (Image: EXPRESS)

Virgin Atlantic is putting enhanced cleaning practice at check-in, boarding gates and onboard to give their passengers peace of mind.

These include the use of electrostatic spraying of high-grade disinfectant onboard in all our cabins and lavatories.

Social distancing will also be implemented with masks required when that is not possible.

Corneel Koster, Chief Customer Officer, Virgin Atlantic reassured future passengers: “Our customers are in safe hands and we are really looking forward to welcoming them back onboard from the 20th July.”

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