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Yesterday, I wrote that Virgin Atlantic would be announcing two new routes at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual conference, which is being held in Istanbul this week. It was widely speculated that one would be Seoul. This didn’t pan out in this announcement as service to Brazil and India was revealed.
Virgin Atlantic will begin service between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in May 2024. In addition to transporting travelers, São Paulo is a big cargo route and there is a lot of opportunity here to transport goods to and from Brazil.
The other new route sees Virgin Atlantic adding a third destination and fourth flight to India. Bengaluru (also known as Bangalore) is a growing tech hub with one of the largest corporate markets in India as well as a city with a rich culture and history for tourists. Virgin Atlantic has increased capacity to India by 250% since 2019. India has been the company’s largest growth market after the US. Flights between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) will begin in March 2024.
Virgin Atlantic will fly a Boeing 787-9 on both routes with 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium, and 192 Economy Seats.
Anthony’s Take: Virgin Atlantic keeps building its network. In my opinion, it is the most exciting of the SkyTeam carriers and one that I cannot wait to try (especially some of the fifth freedom routes they recently announced).
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