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Virgin Atlantic Resumes Flying

Virgin Atlantic resumed passenger flights on July 20, ending a three-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The first flight was London's Heathrow Airport to Hong Kong. The first service, operated by a Boeing 787-9 aptly named Leading Lady, had special measures implemented to ensure that passengers can fly safely. These included mandatory face masks and a Health Pack for each passenger, which included three masks, surface wipes and hand gel. Since this flight, Virgin has resumed services to two additional…

Manchester Airport Prepares for Summer Season Ramp Up

Manchester Airport has set out its plans to prepare for a ramp-up in passenger travel over the summer season despite the coronavirus outbreak. The news comes as the U.K. government announced over 50 countries which it deems safe for non-essential travel, allowing for travellers to visit without having to self-isolate on…

IranAir Expands European Footprint Following Brief Flight Ban

IranAir is planning to add an additional route to Europe next month when it begins flying between Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport and Manchester Airport in central England. The new service will operate every week on Sundays, with the inaugural flight scheduled for July 4. The new flight will be operated…

Virgin Atlantic Announces Resumption of Additional Routes, Grows Caribbean Network

As demand slowly returns from the dramatic decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines are beginning to announce the recommencement of services. European airlines were particularly hard hit as restrictions went up across the continent and around the world. Virgin Atlantic chose to suspend passenger operations in April to focus…

Inside Manchester Airport’s New VIP Terminal

Manchester Airport's new private terminal PremiAir had its official opening ceremony on January 29, and AirlineGeeks went along to check it out. PremiAir was announced on January 28, 2019, and opened towards the end of last year. It aims to provide a premium experience for passengers flying to and from…

WestJet Adds Nonstop Flight Between Manchester, U.K. and Halifax

WestJet on Thursday announced its upcoming nonstop flights between Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Manchester, U.K. The flights will be operated as a summer seasonal service four times per week using the airline's fleet of Boeing 737s. The new route marks WestJet's sixth European destination and third in the U.K. following…

Juneyao Airlines to Make U.K. Debut with New Manchester Route

China's Juneyao Airlines will be making its debut in the U.K. with new service between Manchester and Shanghai. the Manchester service. The new landmark route was announced by Manchester Airport earlier this week and will see the first connection between the gateway to U.K.'s North Country and China's largest city.…

A First Look Inside Manchester Airport’s New Premium Terminal

In January, AirlineGeeks reported on Manchester Airport's plans to construct a unique private terminal that passengers could pay to use for an upgraded travel experience. On Thursday, the first pictures were released of the newly materialized building as it opened to the public. The new terminal, named PremiAir, aims to…

Virgin Atlantic Strengthens Manchester Services, Boosts Winter Gatwick Frequencies

Virgin Atlantic announced it will enhance its services from Manchester Airport, one of its secondary hubs in Northern England. The airline will increase frequencies on the Manchester-New York route by 65 percent and launch a three times weekly service to Barbados this winter. Nearly 30,000 additional seats will be offered…

Opinion: Should Virgin Atlantic Re-Enter the Domestic U.K. Market?

Virgin Atlantic revealed this week that they would be interested in looking into the U.K. domestic market again should the slot system be reorganized after London Heathrow airport’s coming expansion. Virgin Atlantic says that a new system would “enable the creation of a second flag carrier” as it hopes it…