Virgin Atlantic will increase its cargo-only
flights by 35% to nearly 600 this month, with the launch of new
routes including Beijing and Brussels.
In total, there will be 601 flights, of which 597
are cargo-only services and 4 are repatriation flights for the UK’s
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Virgin Atlantic’s schedule highlights for June include:
• The launch of daily flights connecting London
Heathrow and Beijing;
• Virgin Atlantic’s first-ever flights to
Brussels, arriving from New York JFK before connecting directly to
• Three flights a week to Chicago, starting on 4
• Increased Mumbai services to thrice weekly, with
UK departures every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 6 June;
• Thrice weekly London-Atlanta flights from 9
• A return to Nigeria with weekly Lagos flights to
and from London; and
• Increase to daily flights to and from Hong Kong.
The airline’s growing schedule means cargo
customers now have access to direct cargo capacity connecting
Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Hong Kong, Johannesburg,
Lagos, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Mumbai, New York JFK, Shanghai
and Tel Aviv.
Kales Airline Services, Virgin’s GSA in Brussels will market its increased direct capacity in
Shai Weiss, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, said, “I want
to personally thank all of our cargo customers who have supported
our cargo-only flying. We’re proud to be increasing the number of
frequencies and routes we can offer in June as international trade
steps us its recovery and lockdowns are eased around the world.
While the impact of the COVID19 pandemic continues to restrict
passenger flying, our cargo operation has never been more
important both to our business and in keeping vital global supply
In May, Virgin Atlantic operated 446 cargo-only
flights, including 66 charters for customers, averaging 52 weekly
departures from the UK. The airline carried 4.4 million kilos of
cargo into the UK and 5.3 million kilos of exports, producing the
highest monthly cargo revenues in the airline’s 36-year history.
The airline will continue to
partner with the Department for Health and the NHS, working with
them on 17 cargo charters per week from Shanghai and Beijing
throughout June and July, bringing in the supplies that the teams
in the UK urgently need to care for patients.
To date the
airline has carried over 44 million items of PPE from China to the
UK, including over 33 million isolation and medical masks, as well
as millions of disposable aprons and gloves, and protective
Other PPE shipments to date include eye protection
covers, ventilators, isolation gowns, injection and infusion
pumps, and disposable samplers and swabs.
Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director of Virgin
Atlantic Cargo, said, “May was an historic month for our cargo
business, which is a quite remarkable achievement given the
current trading environment. As well as demonstrating our
customers’ confidence in Virgin Atlantic, this is a tribute to
everyone in the airline who remains so committed to maintaining
our customer offering despite the uncertainties which persist in
the market. June will see this offering grow again and we are
hoping for similar customer support now we have proven the
resilience of our cargo-only flying programme.”