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U.K. Government Form ‘Global Travel Taskforce’ to Recover International Travel

Almost nine months into the global pandemic that has decimated the U.K. tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors, the U.K. government announced on Wednesday the formation of a task force to ‘support the travel industry and the safe recovery of international travel’. The Global Travel Taskforce will report to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and be co-chaired by Grant Shapps the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock. The U.K. government has…

SpiceJet to Start Service from New Delhi, Mumbai to London…

On Monday, SpiceJet announced that it will begin flights between India and the United Kingdom on Dec. 4, making it the first low-cost carrier to offer the service under the current air bubble agreement. The airline says it will be flying three times a week to London Heathrow – twice…

Eurowings’ New Coronavirus Insurance Will Be Free to Customers Through…

The coronavirus  pandemic continues to plague the airline industry into the fall travel season, and carriers are considering all options to get people flying. One tool that has become popular among many airlines is COVID-19 insurance, and as of Monday, Eurowings has become the latest airline to offer travel protection.…

Virgin Atlantic Announces New Routes to Pakistan

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to operate routes from the United Kingdom to Pakistan from December. The encouraging news comes at a crucial time for the airline that has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Flights from London Heathrow will operate to the Pakistani capital Islamabad and Lahore, whilst…

Virgin Atlantic Wins Support of Creditors for Restructuring Plan

Virgin Atlantic has today won the support of its creditors over a 1.2 billion-pound ($1.58 billion) rescue package deal. The capital, only 400 million pounds of which is "new money," is supposed to keep the airline afloat for at least the next 18 months. Shareholders and suppliers to whom the…

Virgin Atlantic Declares Bankruptcy as Part of Restructuring

Virgin Atlantic filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in New York on Tuesday, becoming the latest airline — and the second from Virgin Group — to file for bankruptcy protection, Business Insider reports. Virgin Australia filed for voluntary administration in April. Virgin Atlantic originally suspended passenger operations in April. It flies…

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…

Virgin Atlantic Lands £1.2 Billion Rescue Package

Virgin Atlantic has managed to secure its financial future thanks to a £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) package that will assist the airline to navigate away from the financial turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, saving the company from collapsing into administration. The news will bring relief to many of its…

Virgin Atlantic Struggles to Crew July Flights Following Redundancies

Virgin Atlantic has written to its pilots asking for volunteers to operate flights in July, admitting it didn't have enough crew to cover all flights, following the announcement from the airline regarding the resumption of flights next month. An internal email seen by AirlineGeeks was sent out by the Crewing…

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…