Virgin Atlantic flights grounded during lockdown

Virgin Atlantic is canceling a large number of flights during England’s last Covid lockdown, forcing thousands of vacationers to cancel or reschedule trips.

The revised lockdown flight program will run until December 3rd with limited services from Heathrow and the potential for further changes to its flight schedule.

Other destinations will continue to be served, but at reduced frequencies, and it has apologized to customers for the disruption.

Services to Montego Bay, Jamaica will be suspended between November 11 and 23, and service in Boston will not resume until November 26.

Flights will continue to serve Atlanta, Barbados and Antigua, Delhi, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lagos, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Mumbai, Shanghai and Tel Aviv. However, twice-weekly flights to Antigua will operate through November 21, before the destination is reduced to a weekly Saturday service until the lockdown ends.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said in a statement: “As a direct result of new restrictions and the expected decline in customer demand, which will take effect by December 3rd, we will temporarily reduce our passenger flight program.

“If we cancel a customer’s flight, we will contact them and they will have the option to rebook or request a refund.

“We apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience this may have caused our customers and we appreciate their patience in these exceptional circumstances.

“While we have shortened our passenger flight schedule, we will continue to serve many Virgin Atlantic destinations at a reduced frequency and provide essential international connectivity from London Heathrow Terminal 2 to customers who need to fly, including travel for work, training or travel other legally permissible reasons.

“We will continue to build on the success of our freight-only activities and help keep global supply chains moving.”


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