Virgin Atlantic has quietly dropped plans for two new routes from Manchester to the Indian cities of Delhi and Mumbai.

As reported in October, the carrier had been scheduled to launch flights from Manchester to Mumbai in December, followed by Delhi in January.

Virgin Atlantic launches flights from India to Manchester

The Mumbai route was subsequently pushed back to the new year, but Virgin has now confirmed that neither route will now go ahead.

Business Traveller’s consumer editor Alex McWhirter posted a link on our forum to a page on – a website which “acts as an extension of Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd”… and is “the preferred distribution method to the trade” – which states:

“We are continuously reviewing our flying programme and in response to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 we have made the difficult decision to withdraw our Manchester to Delhi and Mumbai services which were due to launch in January.

“We remain committed to our Manchester home and have recently resumed operations to Barbados, with further routes to the Caribbean and US commencing in the coming weeks.

“Bookings affected by this change will be updated and can be viewed in the GDS on Sunday December 13.”

Virgin resumed flights from Manchester earlier this month for the first time since March, and this week launched new routes from Manchester to Islamabad (as well as from Heathrow to Islamabad and Lahore).

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