The flight will operate three times weekly to and from Singapore, with an A350-900 aircraft. It is hoped this can gradually increase and include the return of the westbound connection to Houston.
The UK travel sector has reacted with shock and confusion to a decision by the government to remove Portugal from the green list of safe travel destinations.
The operator - which runs Manchester and Stansted airports - said some PCR testing could be avoided if governments worked together on sequencing and sharing data on variants.
Leaders of gateways in all parts of the north of England have written to Boris Johnson urging him to recognise the importance of aviation to his “levelling-up Britain” ambitions.
Jet2.com has unveiled plans for the launch of flights from Manchester Airport to Toulouse for summer 2022. The leisure airline said the move illustrated its commitment to the south of France.
SunExpress will launch a direct flight between Manchester Airport and Antalya in Turkey on March 26th. The route will be served twice per week before going up to four times a week from May 30th.
The company – which owns Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports – saw passenger numbers across its operations fall 89 per cent during the six months to September 30th.
Virgin Atlantic has returned to its home in the north, Manchester Airport, with the relaunch of flights to Barbados. The return also sees the introduction of its Boeing 787 to the airport for the first time.
The operator will offer a full range of tests – RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, rapid antigen and antibody - to all passengers using Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports.
With England returning to a national lockdown for a minimum period of four weeks, the airport is moving all its operations into terminal one in response to the drop in passenger numbers.
Manchester Airports Group has confirmed as many as 900 jobs could go across its UK airports as travel continues to slump in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
An increasing reliance on e-commerce during the pandemic, coupled with a reduction in passenger flights, has driven significant growth in air cargo at the Manchester Airports Group.