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New Route of the Day (31 March 2024): Virgin Atlantic between London LHR and Bengaluru

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Virgin Atlantic chose the last day of March to inaugurate flights between London LHR and Bengaluru, with the return journey commencing its maiden voyage the following day, April 1. The 8,050-kilometre service will be maintained daily with the 258-seat 787-9 aircraft. The airline competes directly against British Airways’ daily flights.

Flight VS316 departs London LHR at 12:45 local time, arriving in Bengaluru at 02:45 local time the following morning. The return service, operating as flight VS317, takes off from India’s start-up capital at 04:35 local time, touching back down in the UK capital at 10:45 local time.

What they said

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Offer at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We couldn’t be happier to be expanding our offering in India, it’s a destination our people and customers love to fly to. Known as India’s Silicon Valley, the rapidly growing city of Bengaluru represents an incredibly exciting opportunity for us as we continue to expand our India offering, offering increased connectivity for customers not only between the city and the UK but to key tech hubs in the US including Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.”

Satyaki Raghunath, Chief Operating Officer at Bangalore Airport, added: “We are excited to welcome Virgin Atlantic’s new daily service from London Heathrow to Bengaluru. This marks a significant milestone for BLR Airport as we continue to enhance our international connectivity. The introduction of these new flights opens up a world of opportunities for travel, trade, and cultural exchange. Additionally, these flights provide enhanced travel options for passengers from South and Central India connecting to key destinations worldwide. At BLR Airport, we remain steadfast in our commitment to increasing our non-stop connectivity to key global centres and delivering a seamless experience for all passengers travelling through our airport.”

Virgin Atlantic to add more India flights

Bengaluru becomes Virgin Atlantic’s third destination in India, complementing its 2-daily service from London LHR to Delhi and daily operation to Mumbai.

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From October 2024, the carrier will double its Mumbai operations to 2-daily for a total of 5-daily flights to India. As a result, from 2025, Virgin Atlantic will offer over one million seats to the country, a 350% increase in capacity since 2019.

Virgin Atlantic’s India expansion is primarily targeting transfer passengers between India and the US via its London hub. In addition, Virgin Atlantic has a strategic partnership with IndiGo, offering codeshare connectivity to a number of cities throughout the subcontinent.

Bengaluru is the capital and largest city of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. It has a population of more than eight million, making it India’s third most populous city. Bangalore is considered to be one of the fastest-growing global major metropolises and is considered the pivot for high-technology-based heavy manufacturing industry, with numerous large multinational technology corporations setting up their headquarters there.

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