VSbulletin COVID-19 Ongoing Travel Disruption - 24 Sep

  • 27 September 2021
  • News
  • Virgin Atlantic

It remains a dynamic time for international travel and we’re continually reviewing our flying schedules in response to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and any restrictions in the destinations we fly to. We hope to be back to a full flying programme as soon as we can.

We’re excited to confirm that President Biden’s administration has announced that the United States will reopen its borders for fully vaccinated international visitors from November 2021. This means that from early November (date to be confirmed) if you’re fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the United States, you’ll be able to enter the US as a visitor, be it for a holiday, business or reuniting with loved ones. Further information can be found here

Because of ongoing travel restrictions and Red list designations, we are making further adjustments to our Havana, Trinidad & Tobago and Cape Town schedules, resulting in cancellations. We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused to our customers and look forward to returning to these destinations as soon as possible. The Red list should focus purely on Variants of Concern, in order to protect public health, therefore it’s imperative to rapidly and continuously remove countries that don’t pose a threat, in order to open travel back up to countries like South Africa.

We’ve taken the difficult decision to delay the start of our Manchester-Montego Bay services until mid-December, with travel to Jamaica restricted for holidaymakers due to current FCDO advice currently advising against non-essential travel. Following the confirmed opening of US borders for fully vaccinated international visitors from early November, we’ve also adjusted some of our US schedules.

As a result of the fast-moving travel environment, we continue to make schedule changes which will affect our Flying Programme for the coming weeks.

  • We are reducing frequencies on several routes, however to ensure impacted passengers can continue with their travel plans, they will be reprotected to the most suitable alternative departure.
  • Where a flight is cancelled, and due to limited operations to these destinations, there will be no reprotection option available, these sectors will appear as UN.


Bookings affected by these changes will be updated in your GDS on Saturday 25 September 2021. Our most up to date flexibility policy can be found here

Cancellations
Effective until & including

USA

LHR-MCO

30 Oct

MAN-MCO

31 Oct

LHR-LAS

31 Oct

LHR-IAD

16 Oct

LHR-SEA

16 Oct

MAN-ATL

30 Dec

MAN-JFK

31 Oct

Caribbean

MAN-MBJ

14 Dec

LHR-TAB

31 Dec

LHR-HAV

31 Dec

Pakistan

MAN-ISB

14 Oct

South Africa

LHR-CPT

1 Dec

China

LHR-PVG

15 Oct

We are also making some frequency updates on selected routes. We will continue to keep our website up to date with all the latest updates to schedule and travel restrictions.

During October we plan to maintain operations on the following routes, subject to late changes:

Our flying programme

USA

LHR-ATL-LHR

7 per week

LHR-BOS-LHR

4 per week

LHR-JFK-LHR

17 per week

LHR-LAX-LHR

11 per week

LHR-MIA-LHR

4 per week

LHR-SFO-LHR

3 per week

Caribbean

LHR-BGI-LHR

7 per week

LHR-MBJ-LHR

3 per week

LHR-ANU-LHR

3 per week

LHR-GND-LHR (via BGI)

2 per week

LHR-SVD-LHR (via BGI)

2 per week from 13 Oct

MAN-BGI-MAN

3 per week

South Africa

LHR-JNB-LHR

3 per week

India

LHR-BOM-LHR

7 per week

LHR-DEL-LHR

7 per week

Pakistan

LHR-LHE-LHR

4 per week

LHR-ISB-LHR

3 per week

MAN-ISB-MAN

4 per week from 15 Oct

Hong Kong

LHR-HKG

1-16 Oct, 2 per week
17-31 Oct, 7 per week

HKG-LHR

1-10 Oct, 11 per week
11-31 Oct, 7 per week

China

LHR-PVG-LHR

1 per week from 22 Oct

Nigeria

LHR-LOS-LHR

7 per week

Israel

LHR-TLV-LHR

7 per week

Our partners are also back in the skies, and here's a reminder of where they are flying long-haul from the UK in October.

Our partner Delta Air Lines flying programme

LHR-ATL-LHR

Daily

LHR-JFK-LHR

10 per week

LHR-DTW-LHR

3 per week from 17 Oct


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