June 14, 2024

Virgin to fill void left by Jet Airways

Virgin Atlantic will double its services to India this autumn when it resumes flights to Mumbai after a four-year hiatus.

The new daily service from London Heathrow has been prompted by Jet Airways’ suspension of flights between the cities.

The new service will commence on October 27 – with flights on sale from May 28 – and will join the airline’s long-established route between London and Delhi.

Virgin says the flights will boost links to India’s commercial centre and, in the opposite direction, feed its network of transatlantic flights.

Flights will be operated by B787-9 aircraft featuring 31 Upper Class seats, 35 premium seats and 192 seats in the economy cabin.

Juha Jarvinen, Executive Vice President, Commercial, at Virgin Atlantic, says: “2019 marks a significant period of growth for Virgin Atlantic and I’m delighted that we’re continuing to expand our route network once more, by returning to Mumbai.

“Until recently we’ve been able to serve this important market through our partnership with Jet Airways, however, since Jet Airways has sadly suspended its operation, we now have an opportunity to provide alternative options for our customers and meet this demand.”

The Mumbai operation will become Virgin’s 27th daily service from Heathrow and is its third route announcement this year.

Flights to Tel Aviv were announced in February and take off in September while flights to Sao Paulo were revealed in March and will commence in 2020.