Virgin Atlantic has announced its flight schedule for summer 2021. The airline, which is in talks with lenders to secure its future and which has recently announced a significant downsizing of its operation, nevertheless is promoting bookings for summer 2021 (bookings open May 16, 2020).

Services to a total of 24 destinations will operate from London Heathrow, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast, but not Gatwick.

Highlights include:

  • London Heathrow to Tel Aviv service planned to increase to double daily
  • Caribbean and Orlando flying will operate out of London Heathrow, allowing seamless connections onto the rest of the Virgin Atlantic network
  • Connecting passengers from its Northern home in Manchester to the US & Caribbean
  • Seasonal regional services from Glasgow and Belfast to Orlando

Virgin says that “As countries start to lift travel restrictions and demand for travel begins to return, it is expected that Virgin Atlantic will steadily increase passenger flying in the second half of the year, with a further, gradual recovery through 2021”.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic commented: “As the Covid-19 crisis stabilises and demand gradually returns, we are looking forward to welcoming our customers back and flying them safely to their favourite destinations. We have taken the opportunity to pause, reflect and reshape our 2021 flying programme looking at efficiencies in our fleet and connectivity across our network, to ensure it is fit for the future, flying to the destinations we know our customers love to fly.

“We’re delighted that our popular Tel Aviv service, which launched in September 2019, will now increase to double daily, whilst regional flying from Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast will continue to play an important part in offering choice to customers and connecting UK travellers to Orlando, Barbados, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles.”

Virgin Atlantic’s summer schedule begins on 28th March 2021:

Flying from London Heathrow
Antigua Atlanta Barbados Boston
Cape Town* Delhi Grenada Havana
Hong Kong Johannesburg Lagos Las Vegas
Los Angeles Miami Montego Bay Mumbai
New York JFK Orlando San Francisco Seattle
Shanghai Tobago Tel Aviv Washington
Flying from Manchester
Atlanta Orlando New York JFK
Barbados Los Angeles
Flying from Glasgow
Seasonal services to Orlando
Flying from Belfast
Reduced seasonal service to Orlando

*Seasonal winter service to Cape Town until April 2021. Services on sale from 16th May 2020 onwards.