LHR-BLR Virgin Atlantic

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 […]

April 4, 2024 | Latest Route News +

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic’s first commercial flight was between London LGW and Newark in June 1984. More than 39 years later, the long-haul-only airline is the fourth-largest carrier to serve the UK by Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs) this winter. Only British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet are larger in this sense. According to Planespotters.net, Virgin’s 41-strong fleet averages […]

Virgin Atlantic CPT

South Africa remains the most-served sub-Saharan African market from Europe based on non-stop capacity. According to Cirium schedules data, there 806,000 departing seats in W23 – 19% lower than the almost one million in W19. In contrast, all of Europe to sub-Saharan Africa rose by about 5%. More than two-thirds of South Africa-bound passengers continue […]

LHR-PLS

Virgin Atlantic inaugurated a new long-haul service on Saturday 4 November between London LHR and Providenciales, an island in the Turks and Caicos archipelago. The 6,895-kilometre route will be maintained 2-weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with the 258-seat 787-9 aircraft. The airline faces no competition. The service continues from Providenciales to Montego Bay. Flight VS163 […]

November 15, 2023 | Latest Route News +

LHR-MLE

Virgin Atlantic introduced flights between London LHR and Malé, the capital of the Maldives, on Sunday 22 October. The 8,535-kilometre service will be maintained 3-weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays departing London LHR, with the 258-seat 787-9 aircraft. It will compete directly against British Airways’ 4-weekly rotations on the route, which will increase to daily […]

October 24, 2023 | Latest Route News +

NOC-LHR

In 2019 London’s Heathrow Airport was Europe’s busiest, welcoming 80.9m passengers. This was almost five million more than Paris CDG (76.2m) and nine million more than third ranked Amsterdam (71.7m). However, UK air travel was more severely impacted than other European countries when the pandemic struck in 2020 and Heathrow slipped to third that year […]

Virgin Atlantic in the Caribbean

With the promise of warm temperatures, there are an average of 50 daily departures from Europe to the Caribbean this winter, according to Cirium schedules data. In total, the market has just under 2.8 million departing seats, 2% smaller than in the high of W21 (and 10% below W19). The year-on-year (YOY) change is primarily […]

UK Air recovery 2022

Since the arrival of COVID, the UK’s recovery in air travel demand has been well below the European average with the country adopting severe travel restrictions in the early days and waiting longer than many of its European neighbours before removing the majority of restrictions. It has consistently lagged behind its major European rivals France, […]

BEL-CPT

There are more flights between European airports and South Africa this northern winter than between Europe and any other country in sub-Saharan Africa. According to Cirium schedules information data, there are 780,000 one-way seats. Europe-South Africa capacity is down by a quarter Even though it is now South Africa’s summer, Europe-South Africa seats remain down […]

FRA - MLE

Europe to the Indian Ocean tourist destination of the Maldives is a large and growing market. It saw an estimated 1.2 million passengers between January and September 2019. Despite the pandemic, or because of it, traffic increased by around 12% versus the same nine months in 2019. Especially good growth was seen from Russia (+106%), […]

November 30, 2022 | Airlines, Airports, News & Analysis, Top Story

WAW - GYD

As previously noted, the Europe-Asia market is recovering more slowly than many other inter-continental markets. There are several reasons for this. China’s zero tolerance approach to COVID has resulted in extreme travel restrictions on passengers. As a result, seat capacity between Europe and China is still down over 95% according to Cirium data for September. […]

September 14, 2022 | Airlines, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

LGW - JFK

New York is by far the biggest US market from the UK, as confirmed in our recent story looking at the London-Boston market. The market welcomed a new carrier on 12 August when Norse Atlantic Airways began daily service between London LGW and New York JFK using 787-9s, formerly operated by Norwegian. Between 2004 and […]