Virgin Atlantic has confirmed plans to relaunch
flights between London Heathrow and Mumbai, India.
The service will recommence on 27 October 2019,
and will complement the airline’s long-established route between
London and Delhi.
The daily flights, which will depart and arrive Heathrow
in the morning to align with connecting passenger and cargo flows
to and from US, will be operated on Virgin
Atlantic’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft, providing up to 26 tonnes of
Juha Jarvinen, Executive Vice President,
Commercial, at Virgin Atlantic, said, “2019 marks a
significant period of growth for Virgin Atlantic and I’m delighted
that we’re continuing to expand our route network once more, by
returning to Mumbai. Until recently, we’ve been able to serve this
important market through our partnership with Jet Airways,
however, since Jet Airways has sadly suspended its operations, we
now have an opportunity to provide alternative options for our
customers and meet this demand.”
The new Mumbai
flights mark Virgin Atlantic’s 27th daily service from London
Heathrow and its third new route announcement this year.
to Tel Aviv, Israel, are due to commence in September 2019, with
flights to São Paulo, Brazil, starting in 2020, marking the
airline’s first venture into South America.
Dominic Kennedy, Managing
Director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said, “We have given our cargo
customers direct access to the vibrant cargo market in India for
19 years and, in 2018, our cargo revenues ex India rose 10% as
support grew for our daily Delhi flights. The Mumbai market is
equally buoyant. In the last four years, the overall market from
Mumbai to the UK and US has increased by more than 50% in revenue
terms, alongside increases of 46% to India from both countries.
When we resume Mumbai operations in October, we aim to win a
strong share of this growing market, supported by our fast and
easy connections over London to and from major cities across US
and our enhanced capabilities for handling pharmaceuticals, one of
the main types of shipments ex-Mumbai. More capacity is great news
for our import and export customers.”