Virgin Atlantic have announced plans to resume flights from 20 July and will initially operate flights from Heathrow to, Orlando, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York and Los Angeles.
The airline said in a statement, “As countries around the world start to relax travel restrictions, Virgin Atlantic will resume some routes on July 20, while steadily increasing passenger flying throughout the second half of 2020, with a further, gradual recovery through 2021 in line with customer demand.”
Chief operating officer Juha Jarvinen said, the airline is “monitoring external conditions extremely closely” such as the government’s incoming 14-day quarantine policy, which starts on 8 June.
“We know that as the Covid-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recovery,” he said.
“Therefore we are calling for a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, which will allow for a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses.”