Operational Update from Virgin Atlantic – 3 March 2022

  • 03 March 2022
  • News
  • Virgin Atlantic

We want to let you know that, as customer demand returns, we’re making some adjustments to flying schedules to optimise our network, including some aircraft type changes.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the schedule changes. For any customers whose flights are cancelled, the majority will be automatically booked on to an alternative Virgin Atlantic service on the same day. If there is no alternative service, these sectors will appear as UN.

If we have to re-time flights, wherever possible this time change will be kept to a minimum, but we recognise that these changes may not suit everyone. Our flexible booking policy allows customers to further amend their flights, should they wish, with no change fees, all the way until 31 December 2023. If the new departure time is over three hours’ difference to the original departure time, then customers can also request a refund.

With a direct flight ban still in effect between  mainland China and the UK, we have decided to extend the existing suspension of London Heathrow – Shanghai passenger services for the summer season. It is our full intention to restart this important link in October 2022, or sooner,  and we are working with the relevant authorities to stage trial passenger flights in the coming months to pave the way for this.

As a result of the current UK – Hong Kong flight ban, which is in effect until 20 April, our London Heathrow – Hong Kong schedule remains temporarily suspended. Once the flight ban is lifted, we will work with authorities to reinstate this service as soon as practicable, providing vital connectivity between the UK and Hong Kong for customers and global supply chains. For now, we’ve taken the decision to cancel these services until 30 April, including legs from Hong Kong to London Heathrow, and apologise for any inconvenience caused. Our Hong Kong customers are important to us and we look forward to returning as soon as we overcome the current operational challenges.

Bookings affected by these changes will be updated in your GDS on Saturday 5 March 2022.

During Summer 22, we plan to operate the following schedule, subject to late changes

Our Summer 22 Flying Schedule
USALHR-JFK-LHR35 per weekA351/
LHR-MIA-LHR7 per weekB789
LHR-LAX-LHR17 per week in Apr
21 per week May-Oct
LHR-BOS-LHR7 per weekB789/
LHR-SFO-LHR11 per week in Apr
14 per week May-Oct
LHR-IAD-LHR5 per weekB789
LHR-MCO-LHR14 per weekA351/
LHR-ATL-LHR7 per weekA351/
LHR-SEA-LHR5 per weekB789
LHR-LAS-LHR7 per weekB789
LHR-AUS-LHR4 per week May-OctB789
CaribbeanLHR-ANU-LHR3 per weekA333
LHR-BGI-LHR7 per weekA333
(via BGI)
2 per weekA333
(via BGI)
1 per weekA333
(via BGI)
2 per weekA333
LHR-UVF-LHR3 per week in AprB789
LHR-MBJ-LHR4 per weekB789
LHR-NAS-LHR2 per weekB789
London to
Rest of World
LHR-HKG-LHR7 per weekB789
LHR-PVG-LHRShanghai restart date to be confirmed
LHR-DEL-LHR7 per week Apr-May
14 per week Jun-Oct
LHR-BOM-LHR7 per weekB789
LHR-LHE-LHR4 per weekA333
LHR-ISB-LHR3 per weekA333
LHR-LOS-LHR7 per weekA351
LHR-JNB-LHR7 per weekB789
LHR-TLV-LHR7 per weekB789/
Regional Flying

MAN-MCO-MAN12 per weekA351/
MAN-BGI-MAN4 per week in AprilA333
MAN-ATL-MAN6 per week in April
5 per week May-Oct
MAN-JFK-MAN7 per weekA333
BFS-MCO-BFS1 per week Jun-JulA333
EDI-MCO-EDI2 per weekA333
MAN-ISB-MAN2 per weekA333

*Aircraft types are dominant on the route through majority of the summer season​

Please check here regularly for updates to travel restrictions and here for specific flight status.  

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