Virgin Atlantic to add winter capacity from Glasgow Airport

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Virgin Atlantic has added additional capacity on its Orlando route from Glasgow Airport this coming winter – making 2019 the longest season ever for the airline at airport.

More than 1,200 extra seats will be made available on flights as a result of the airline’s decision to introduce an additional five flights in November and December this year. The first flight of the season will take place on Saturday 23 March with the last returning service departing Orlando on 4 January 2020.

The additional flights in November and December will be operated using a 266-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Glasgow Airport head of airline development (long-haul), Steven Marshall said: “Florida is a popular destination among Scottish holidaymakers and the decision to increase capacity on this route during the winter months by extending the service through to early January 2020 is a clear demonstration of Virgin Atlantic’s continued commitment to the Glasgow market.”

Following the launch of the Glasgow to Orlando, Florida service in 2007, Virgin Atlantic has carried over 400,000 passengers. In 2018 more than 55,000 passengers travelled between the airport and the Sunshine State, making Orlando Glasgow’s busiest route to the USA.

Virgin Atlantic’s winter extension compliments the existing summer programme, which operates from Saturday 23 March using the airline’s Boeing 747 aircraft. This operates up to four flights per week to Orlando in the peak summer months.