The airline is facing delays to resume its services to Orlando and Florida. But due to travel restrictions and the rise in coronavirus cases in the United States, it has delayed its service for some time.
The plan to resume its flights between Heathrow and these destinations was on July 20. But, now the airline plans to restart its operations from next month.
However, the airline said in a statement that now the flights are scheduled to resume on August 24. But the airline notifies that it is subject to approval by the US public health body the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC, in the United States, has not yet allowed all airports to let the international flights land. However, Orlando is not yet among the approval list of the 15 airports.
In Florida, coronavirus casa is increasing recently. The cases have increased by more than 4,000; this is the highest number of positive cases so far.
Other Destinations the Airline has Delayed Resumption
Virgin Atlantic was supposed to resume its flights between London and Shanghai, China from July 21 to August 4. But the airline has planned not to resume its service.
However, other destinations the airline will be resuming services from August include Barbados, Tel Aviv, Israel, Miami, Florida, and Lagos, Nigeria.
Cargo Flights Only
Moreover, the airline was only be operating cargo flights from the past few weeks. The coronavirus pandemic is severely affecting the travel demand.
Most of the airlines at this time are operating cargo flights only. However, the airline was operating its cargo flights in order to support the global supply chain and keep it running. It also helped to transport essential supplies around the world.
The airline plans to increase its cargo service operations by more than 600 in June. The destinations it is serving are Delhi, Chicago, Brussels, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Miami.
Operating from One Airport Only
Recently, Virgin Atlantic announced that it would not operate flights from Gatwick Airport. So the only airport the airline will use after resuming its operation on July 20 will be Heathrow.
Juha Jarvinen, Virgin Atlantic’s chief commercial officer, said: “As countries around the world begin to relax travel restrictions, we look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard and flying them safely to many destinations across our network.”
“From July 20 we are planning to resume some services and then from August 1 onwards we will resume passenger flying to 17 additional destinations around the world including Tel Aviv, Miami, Lagos, and San Francisco.”
In addition, he said, “However, we are monitoring external conditions extremely closely, in particular the travel restrictions many countries have in place including the 14-day quarantine policy for travelers entering the UK.”
“We know that as the Covid-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recovery.”
“Therefore, we are calling for UK Government to continually review its quarantine measures and instead look at a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, including air bridges, which will support a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses.”