June 15, 2024

Virgin Atlantic to return to Canada

Virgin Atlantic will return to Canada in 2025 with direct flights between London Heathrow and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

It will be the airline’s first route to the country in more than a decade.

The daily service will launch on March 30 with fares starting from £490. 

Flights will operate a mix of aircraft on the route including the A330-900neo, the latest addition to Virgin’s young fleet.

The neo features the airline’s Retreat Suite, iconic onboard social space, wireless charging and stylish design touches. 

The new service is set to connect the two financial hubs and also provides “optimal connectivity” for Virgin Atlantic’s Indian customers via London, from newly-launched destination Bengaluru, alongside Mumbai and Delhi, which both operate twice daily.

In addition, Virgin Atlantic is announcing its expanded codeshare partnership with Canadian carrier WestJet, scheduled for October this year.

The partnership will allow Canadian customers to travel seamlessly throughout the region, including flights from Ottawa and Winnipeg. Benefits for both airlines’ frequent flyers are expected to follow in 2025. 

The announcement comes as Virgin gears up for its 40-year anniversary on June 22, the date in 1984 when it flew its first flight from London Gatwick to Newark on a second-hand 747.

Speaking to the Sunday Times earlier this month, founder Sir Richard Branson said he would like to relaunch services from Gatwick, where it all began.

The airline pulled out of Gatwick during the Covid pandemic but retained ownership of its take-off and landing slots, leasing them to easyJet.