Virgin Atlantic is to suspend flights between Manchester and Las Vegas for the winter 2013 season.
The carrier currently flies twice-weekly between the two cities, but has provided the following statement to Business Traveller:
“Virgin Atlantic can confirm that it will temporarily suspend its flights between Manchester and Las Vegas for the winter season from October 27 and will resume services on March 30, 2014. The airline will continue to operate a year round service to Las Vegas from London Gatwick Airport.
“These are still challenging times for the airline industry and with external factors such as high fuel prices and APD, we have to deploy our aircraft to routes with the right level of demand to be financially viable.”
Thomas Cook Airlines also operates seasonal flights from Manchester to Las Vegas, and US carrier Delta also offers a one-stop service between the two cities, via Atlanta.
British Airways launched flights between Gatwick and Las Vegas in October last year (see online news May 17, 2012), competing with Virgin on the route, and also serves Sin City from Heathrow.
For more information visit virginatlantic.com.
Report by Mark Caswell