Virgin Atlantic will resume services from London Heathrow to Orlando, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York JFK and Los Angeles next month.
Chief Commercial Officer Juha Jarvinen said: “Our planned first flights will be to Orlando and Hong Kong on July 20, 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 travellers 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 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. We are planning to announce more destination restart dates in the next two weeks for the month of August.”
Virgin Atlantic is temporarily operating from Terminal 2 at Heathrow, due to HAL’s terminal consolidation. It will return to Terminal 3 when demand at Heathrow grows, enabling Terminal 3 to reopen.
The airline said safe distancing will be adhered to wherever possible, particularly at check-in and boarding, and where not possible masks will be required. Passengers will also get a Health Pack with medical grade face masks as a requirement to be worn onboard, surface wipes and hand gel.