Written on 15th October 2019

Virgin Atlantic to expand at its home in Manchester with new flights and brand new Clubhouse

In a bid to increase choice for customers travelling from the Manchester region, Virgin Atlantic is expanding its operation out of Manchester Airport, with brand new flights from its Northern base, the opening of a new Clubhouse and a refurbished Virgin Holidays v-room at the airport.

Increased flights

The Airline is increasing flights to key destinations from Manchester Airport for Winter 2019, offering 30,000 more seats year on year. These additional services will go on sale from Tuesday 1 October, for travel on various dates through the Winter 2019 season, with fares starting from as little as £409 return. The airline is now reviewing options to add further flights and new destinations to its Winter 2019/ Summer 2020 schedule. A greater number of flights from both Gatwick and Manchester to Orlando will come into effect during peak travel periods, with further details to be announced shortly.

A third weekly service from Manchester to Barbados will be introduced for the full Winter 2019 season. Virgin Atlantic will also increase flying from London Gatwick, with an eighth and ninth weekly service to Barbados for the Winter 2019 season. 

Refurbished fleet

As part of the fleet for these extra flights, the Boeing 747 (largest aircraft in the fleet) will now operate a greater number of services to New York JFK, increasing MAN-JFK capacity by 65% year on year. Newly refurbished Airbus A330-200 will also be flying to destinations across the USA and the Caribbean, including Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. All cabins offer complimentary food and drink, with a full Wi-Fi offering on board.

New Clubhouse experience

Finally, Virgin Atlantic will be introducing its iconic Clubhouse experience to the airport for the first time, alongside a refurbished Virgin Holidays v-room. Upper Class customers and Gold Card members can take advantage of the exclusive space before their flight, which will include a la carte dinning and a full-service bar, quiet working spaces and a spa, allowing passengers to relax and rejuvenate before they depart.

For more information about Virgin Atlantic’s service expansion in the UK, click here.