Virgin Atlantic launches new Manchester flights

30 Mar 2016 by Tom Otley
A330 Virgin Atlantic aircraft

Virgin Atlantic has added flights to both San Francisco and Boston from Manchester airport (MAN).

The new direct flights to San Francisco will operate during the summer three times weekly from summer 2017.

The new route to Boston will fly twice weekly, also starting summer 2017.

Both new services will operate on one of the airline’s newest A330 aircraft and will be fully configured with Upper Class, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.

Erik Varwijk, EVP of Commercial at Virgin Atlantic commented;

“We’re delighted to be able to offer our customers these two new direct flights to the USA from Manchester Airport. In addition to our current services to Atlanta, Las Vegas, Orlando and Barbados, the new routes to San Francisco and Boston really open up America for our customers. This year marks twenty years of our first ever flight from Manchester and we’ll continue to look for opportunities to offer our unique experience on routes where our customers are looking to fly.”

Manchester Airport managing director Ken O’Toole said: “Securing the first ever direct flight between Manchester and San Francisco is a significant moment for a number of reasons.

“Firstly, it gives the 22m passengers living within two hours of Manchester Airport yet another great long haul destination to choose from and it is sure to prove popular with leisure travellers.

“Secondly, it will deliver a real boost to the North’s economy by providing a direct link to the world’s leading location for tech and biomedical start-ups, which is now home to some of the biggest brands on the planet, like Google, Twitter and Uber.

“It is also pleasing to see Virgin Atlantic announce a direct route to Boston, as well as increased frequency on its existing Barbados service and a code share agreement with Flybe.

“This will mean passengers from across the UK and Europe will be able to connect onto Virgin Atlantic’s long haul flights from Manchester Airport, cementing its position as the North of England’s main gateway to the world.”

In addition to the new routes from Manchester, Virgin Atlantic has also today announced a codeshare with Europe’s largest regional airline, Flybe, offering increased travel options from Europe and points around the UK.  Virgin Atlantic customers will now be able to purchase tickets from UK and European airports including Edinburgh, Milan, Dusseldorf, Paris and Exeter, connecting onto Virgin Atlantic business and leisure destinations from Manchester, Glasgow and London Gatwick.






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