New destinations include Hong Kong (to relaunch on July 20th), Barbados (August 1st), Shanghai (August 4th), Lagos (August 23rd) and Atlanta (August 25th).
Virgin Atlantic has announced its plan to restart passenger flying. Services from London Heathrow to Orlando, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York JFK and Los Angeles set to resume from July 20th onward.
“The company as yet have not formally notified us of the detail of their proposals, and we urge them not to act in haste while the job retention scheme is in operation,” said Unite national officer for civil air transport Oliver Richardson.
Virgin Atlantic is to cut a third of its staff in the UK in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with as many as 3,150 positions to go. At the same time, the carrier will permanently cease operations at Gatwick.
Virgin Atlantic could be in imminent danger of collapse without government support, founder Richard Branson has warned. The carrier is believed to be seeking £500 million from the UK government.
Virgin Atlantic and easyJet are asking staff who have not been working since the Covid-19 pandemic started to ground planes to consider helping at the new hospitals being built across the country.
Having previously pledged to work with carriers to overcome the financial difficulties created by the coronavirus pandemic, chancellor Rishi Sunak has now advised airlines to find other forms of funding.
Virgin Atlantic will reduce its schedule by approximately 80 per cent in terms of flights per day by March 26th. The move comes following a rapid acceleration of the impact of Covid-19 on global aviation and tourism.
Officials at the European Union are seeking to offer struggling airlines a lifeline by suspending rules forcing them to run almost empty planes in order to keep prized landing slots.
Regional airline Flybe has gone into administration. Falling demand for air travel in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak was partially to blame, the carrier said in a statement.