Virgin Atlantic has resumed flights to and from Manchester airport for the first time since March, with the relaunch of services to Barbados.
The move also see the carrier introduce its B787 aircraft at Manchester for the first time, offering economy, Premium and Upper Class cabins.
A new route to Islamabad is set to launch next week, followed by the resumption of flights to Los Angeles, Orlando, New York and Atlanta “over the coming months”.
Virgin Atlantic would normally use Terminal 2 at Manchester airport, but all flights have temporarily been consolidated into Terminal 1.
The carrier had planned to open a new Clubhouse at Terminal 2 earlier this year, but the onset of Covid-19 has seen this pushed back until “later in 2021”.
Commenting on the resumption of services at Manchester, Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, said:
“We have missed flying customers from Manchester, our home in the North and I’m delighted we’re able to offer them the opportunity for some much-needed winter sun, with reintroduction of our Barbados flights.
“Despite the challenges brought by Covid-19, our commitment to the region has never wavered. It’s an exciting time as demand gradually returns and we build up flying from the region, as well as introducing new routes.
“Our desire to delight and connect customers flying from the North West continues and we are looking forward to welcoming them back and flying them safely to their favourite destinations.”