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Virgin Atlantic boosts its regional presence with new routes and codeshare partnership

30th March 2016

  • Virgin Atlantic to launch flights from Manchester Airport to San Francisco and Boston  in Summer 2017
  • New codeshare deal with Flybe means customers can book flights from 18 UK and European airports

Virgin Atlantic is increasing its regional presence with the introduction of two brand new routes from Manchester Airport, and a new codeshare agreement with Europe’s leading regional airline, Flybe.
The new routes will mean America is more accessible than ever before from the North of England as Virgin Atlantic introduces Manchester Airport’s first ever direct flights to San Francisco, and a brand new service to Boston.
In an additional boost for UK holidaymakers Virgin Atlantic has also confirmed a new codeshare deal with Flybe. From 2 April customers will be able to book tickets on Virgin Atlantic’s website to travel from one of 18 UK or European airports, and connect onto a Virgin Atlantic flight at Manchester, Glasgow or London Gatwick airport. 
The partnership will offer numerous benefits for customers, allowing seamless connections between Flybe and Virgin Atlantic and enabling customers to check themselves and their luggage through to their final destination.
Erik Varwijk, EVP of Commercial at Virgin Atlantic commented:“We’re delighted to be able to offer our customers these two new direct flights to the USA from Manchester Airport. In addition to our current services to Atlanta, Las Vegas, Orlando and Barbados, the new routes to San Francisco and Boston really open up America for our customers. This year marks twenty years of our first ever flight from Manchester and we’ll continue to look for opportunities to offer our unique experience on routes where our customers are looking to fly.”
 “Our partnership with Flybe offers us a fantastic opportunity to reach customers looking to travel long haul from key cities throughout the UK and Europe. We look forward to offering easy connections to some of our most popular destinations including the tropical islands of Barbados and St Lucia and the US cities of Orlando and Las Vegas.”
“We are delighted to offer our UK and European customers such a host of exciting global travel options through this new partnership with Virgin Atlantic,” adds Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer. “It reinforces our commitment to providing a ‘one stop to the world’ service enabling Flybe passengers to make seamless onward connections from their own local regional airport to such sought-after destinations as Barbados, Orlando, Havana and Las Vegas via Glasgow, Manchester and London Gatwick airports.”
Manchester Airport managing director Ken O'Toole said: "Securing the first ever direct flight between Manchester and San Francisco is a significant moment for a number of reasons.

"Firstly, it gives the 22m passengers living within two hours of Manchester Airport yet another great long haul destination to choose from and it is sure to prove popular with leisure travellers.

"Secondly, it will deliver a deliver a real boost to the North's economy by providing a direct link to the world's leading location for tech and biomedical start-ups, which is now home to some of the biggest brands on the planet, like Google, Twitter and Uber.

"It is also pleasing to see Virgin announce a direct route to Boston, as well as increased frequency on its existing Barbados service and a code share agreement with Flybe.This will mean passengers from across the UK and Europe will be able to connect onto Virgin long haul flights at Manchester Airport, cementing its position as the North of England's main gateway to the world."
Details of the codeshare routes available to book at Virgin Atlantic’s website:

Flybe operatedUK airportVirgin Atlantic connecting destinations
ABZ (Aberdeen)MAN (Manchester)ATL (Atlanta)
AMS (Amsterdam) BGI (Barbados)
BHD (Belfast) MCO (Orlando)
CDG (Paris) LAS (Las Vegas)
DUS (Dusseldorf)  
EDI (Edinburgh)  
EXT (Exeter)  
HAJ (Hanover)  
JER (Jersey)  
MXP (Milan)  
NOC (Knock)  
NQY (Newquay)  
RTM (Rotterdam)  
SOU (Southampton)  
NQY (Newquay)LGW (London Gatwick)ANU (Antigua)
  BGI (Barbados)
  CUN (Cancun)
  GND (Grenada)
  HAV (Havana)
  LAS (Las Vegas)
  MBJ (Montego Bay)
  MCO (Orlando)
  SLU (St Lucia)
  TAB (Tobago)
BHD (Belfast)GLA (Glasgow)MCO (Orlando)
BHX (Birmingham)  
CWL (Cardiff)  
EMA (East Midlands)  

Virgin Atlantic and partner Delta Air Lines also gives customers travelling from Manchester an opportunity to fly directly to New York JFK. Furthermore, Delta’s extensive domestic network in the U.S., gives customers the ability to conveniently connect to over 200 destinations in the United States.  


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About Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic was founded by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson 30 years ago after he decided the UK aviation industry needed shaking up an
d style injected back into it. On 22nd June 1984, Virgin Atlantic's inaugural flight to Newark took place, on an aircraft filled with personal friends, celebrities and the media.  
 Today, Virgin Atlantic flies to 33 destinations worldwide, including locations across North America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Far East.
Virgin Atlantic currently has a fleet of 38 aircraft which includes comprised of Boeing 747s, Boeing 787s, Airbus A340-600s and A330-300s.

For additional information, visit the Virgin Atlantic website.


Notes to Editors:
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 216 routes serving 10 countries from 75 departure points, 37 UK/38 European airports* (all routes on sale Mar ’16 – Oct ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Feb ’15 – Jan‘16); one of only two UK-based carriers in top 20 global airlines punctuality league table by OAG (Jan ’16) and named top UK airline for punctuality in report issued by UK consumer watchdog Which? (Dec 2014); named ‘Best Short-Haul Airline’ at the 2016 Business Travel Awards (Jan ‘16);is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports(UK CAA Jan ’16);operates fleet of75 aircraft – 52 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195, 11 E175 & 3 ATR 72s; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific and Emirates; has three franchise partners, Loganair, Stobart Air and Blue Islands making it only UK airline brand with 72% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Jan ’15); has own globally recognised Training Academy in Exeter with flight deck and cabin crew simulator facilities, 26 classrooms and 150-seat conference facility.

*Flown under the Flybe brand (30 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 3 routes and 3 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)