Virgin Atlantic announced today the launch of exciting new routes across three continents, with brand new aircraft.
Network growth comes as the airline capitalises on sustained demand for international travel, with customers set to benefit from more than 250,000 total additional seats* across Virgin Atlantic’s network, compared to 2019.
The airline’s international route network will be boosted by its first move into South America, with a brand-new daily flight from London Heathrow to São Paulo, Brazil.
One of the most populous cities in the world, São Paulo is home to multinational businesses, providing corporate customers and business travellers the opportunity to fly in Virgin Atlantic style.
The city is famed as the foodie capital of Brazil, a bustling city offering a bounty of arts and cultural experiences, which will enthral experience hungry leisure travellers.
Brazil’s position as the number one import and export country in South America will also make São Paulo a popular cargo route.
With multiple tonnes of capacity each day, Virgin Atlantic expects to carry regular shipments of car parts, pharmaceuticals, food and agricultural products, contributing to £7.7 billion** in annual trade between the two countries.
São Paulo is a key hub in Brazil for Virgin Atlantic’s codeshare partner and South America’s largest airline, LATAM. The partnership provides customers with onward connections to 12 domestic airports in Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Florianopolis as well as offering earn and redemption options for Flying Club members.
Additionally customers travelling from São Paulo to London Heathrow will have the option to smoothly connect onto Virgin Atlantic’s rest of world destinations through Terminal 3 – home of the airline’s award-winning Clubhouse – including Tel Aviv, Delhi and Shanghai.
Signalling expansion in the country, Bengaluru (Bangalore) will become the airline’s third destination and fourth daily service to India.
Since 2019, Virgin Atlantic has increased capacity to India by 250%, the airline’s largest area of growth outside the United States.
Launching in Summer 2024, the addition of this new route means the airline will offer 500,000 seats (total) each year between the UK and India, while its growing codeshare with IndiGo, India’s leading airline, flies to 34 destinations across the country.
Bengaluru is a rapidly growing tech hub and one of the largest corporate markets in India, whilst intrepid travellers will enjoy the city’s rich culture and beautiful gardens.
The new service will offer seamless connectivity and a premium long-haul experience for those customers connecting via London Heathrow to destinations throughout North America including Seattle, San Francisco and New York JFK, with Virgin Atlantic and transatlantic joint venture partner, Delta Air Lines.
For customers looking for premium winter sun, last week Virgin Atlantic announced its return to Dubai, operating seasonally from October through to March four times a week.
Shai Weiss, CEO, Virgin Atlantic, commented; “We’re excited to announce a range of new routes across three continents, giving our customers the opportunity to fly in style with Virgin Atlantic.
“From our entrance into South America, to our expansion in India and the growth of our premium sun portfolio, there is something for all of our customers to experience.
“By leveraging the power of our strategic partners, and welcoming our state of the art, brand new A350 and A339 aircraft, customers can rely on Virgin Atlantic to connect them to where they need to be, enjoying a premium customer experience, delivered by our amazing crew.
“Our plan is working, positioning us to return to profitability in 2024.”
|Route||Aircraft||On sale||Launch Date||Frequency|
|07 June 2023||28 October 2023||X4 weekly,
October 2023- March 2024
|July 2023||2 June 2024||X3 Summer
|14 June 2023||31 March 2024||Daily – year round|
|LHR-GRU-LHR||Boeing 787-9||August 2023||13 May 2024||Daily – year round|
|On sale now||22 October 2023||X3 weekly, October 2023- March 2024|
|On sale now||4 November 2023||X2 weekly, year round|
|On sale now||14 June 2023||X2 Summer 2023/ X3 Winter 2023|
|On sale now||14 June 2023||X2 Summer 2023/ X2 Winter 2023|