Virgin Atlantic has announced its summer 2021 program following the closure of the Gatwick base, but it will not fly with its fleet of 747 jumbo jets.
The airline will operate flights from Heathrow, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast on twin-engine aircraft.
Virgin Atlantic will fly to 24 destinations this summer with only twin-engine aircraft. The service from Heathrow to Tel Aviv is increased to twice a day.
It expects the number of flights to increase steadily in the second half of this year, before undergoing a “further gradual recovery” in 2021 – even though health secretary Matt Hancock said it was unlikely that British would be on the summer of 2020 ‘ lavish ‘foreign vacations could go.
The airline announced last week that it will not resume Gatwick flights, reduce its workforce by 3,150 people, and will not return to use of its seven Boeing 747-400 aircraft, which have four engines.
Chief Commercial Officer Juha Jarvinen said, “With the Covid-19 crisis stabilizing and demand gradually returning, we look forward to welcoming our customers back and flying them safely to their preferred destinations.
“We took the opportunity to pause, reflect and reshape our 2021 flight program, looking at the efficiency of our fleet and connectivity through our network, to ensure it is suitable for the future, and flies to destinations that we know our customers love to fly.
“We are delighted that our popular service in Tel Aviv, launched in September 2019, will now increase to twice a day, while regional flying from Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast will continue to play an important role in providing choice to customers and connecting British travelers to Orlando, Barbados, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles. ”
Flights are available from Saturday.
It was revealed on Monday that Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson has agreed to sell approximately £ 405 million in shares in his Virgin Galactic space company to raise funds for his struggling aviation and leisure activities.
The businessman has previously warned that the airline will collapse unless he receives government support and has indicated that he is willing to return his private Caribbean island home on Necker Island to raise funds.