Virgin Atlantic to restart flights to 17 additional destinations
The airline plans to resume the first passenger flights from the UK in July. (PA)
Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to resume passenger flights to 17 additional destinations in August 2020.
The move came after the airline announced plans to restart its first passenger flights from London Heathrow to Los Angeles, New York JFK and Hong Kong on July 20.
The 17 other destinations include Barbados, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Lagos, as well as several US airports, including San Francisco, Miami and Atlanta.
The airline said that measures are being taken at the airport and on board to ensure the health and safety of customers and employees.
This includes improved cleaning practices when checking in, boarding gates and on board, including electrostatically spraying high quality disinfectant, maintaining social distance wherever possible and offering a simplified service for hot meals
Each passenger receives a personal health package with medical face masks that must be worn on board, surface wipes and hand gel.
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Juha Jarvinen, Virgin Atlantic's Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We monitor the external conditions very closely, especially the travel restrictions that apply in many countries, including the 14-day quarantine policy for travelers entering the UK.
“We know that as the COVID 19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a key factor in Britain's economic recovery. Therefore, we urge the UK government to continually review its quarantine measures and instead consider a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, including airlifts that support a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses. "
The airline continued to operate cargo-only flights to keep global supply chains running and transport key goods worldwide. In June, the airline plans to operate more than 600 cargo-only services serving destinations such as Delhi, Chicago, Brussels, Johannesburg, Lagos and Miami.
Virgin Atlantic also works with the Department of Health and the NHS, working with them on 17 weekly freight charters from Shanghai and Beijing in June and July to attract UK health care workers who need urgent care for coronavirus patients .
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According to the airline, Virgin Atlantic has so far brought over 44 million PSA from China to the UK.
In May, the airline announced plans to cut 3,150 jobs in its workforce due to the corona virus crisis.
The company, which is majority owned by the Virgin Tycoon Richard Branson, warned that air traffic recovery could take up to three years as travel fears and barriers would impact passenger numbers.
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