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 results of pre-departure testing trials carried out by four transatlantic carriers at Heathrow will be brought together by a study commissioned by the airport.
Virgin Atlantic customers flying to Barbados or onwards to Antigua and Grenada on selected flights will receive a free, rapid, point of care, pre-departure lateral flow antigen test at Heathrow.
Government plans to introduce a test and release system for travellers arriving in England have been broadly welcomed by the trade – but there are calls to go further.
The cargo operation at the airline has unveiled new capabilities as it prepares to participate in the logistical complexities of distributing Covid-19 vaccines around the world.
New analysis has found “significant methodological concerns” in work by Public Health England, which means the detection rates for passenger testing on arrival are being “significantly understated”.
Virgin Atlantic has announced it will be launching services to Delhi and Mumbai from Manchester as the airline ramps up flying from its home in the north.