Virgin Atlantic will fly only from Heathrow in coming weeks, as it drops down to a skeleton fleet amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It usually operates flights from Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast.

“Following the rapid acceleration of Covid-19 and extensive travel restrictions, coupled with a sharp drop in customer demand, Virgin Atlantic will gradually reduce its flying programme to operate a fleet of six aircraft for commercial and cargo services by Thursday March 26,” a spokesperson said.

“In order to operate the fleet most efficiently, all of our remaining Virgin Atlantic flights will now operate out of London Heathrow Airport.

“Customers who have booked flights on a suspended service will be contacted with information about their alternative options or they can visit for more information, including customer centre contact details. We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by these changes.

“The safety and wellbeing of our people and our customers is always our number one priority and all actions taken are guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).”

Manchester Airport has consolidated all flights into Terminal 1 as it prepares for a dramatic drop in passengers numbers, with flights cancelled and countries around the world enforcing travel bans.

London City Airport has announced it will close completely until the end of April.

Virgin is currently allowing all customers to change their flight dates to travel before April 30, 2021.

Passengers who wish to fly after this date can wait longer, while passengers who do not yet know what date they want to travel can leave the rebooking open for now, but must rebook and travel by the April 30, 2021.

If the new flight is before June 30, 2020, no difference in fare or change fee will be charged.

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