Virgin Atlantic Cargo announces new service

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Virgin Atlantic Cargo has announces it is launching a new cargo service from London Heathrow to San Juan. Commencing on the 24th November, it is the first time that the airline has operated cargo flying to Puerto Rico and it will be serving the destination twice weekly on a Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

This new fast, efficient cargo service will present new opportunities for companies looking to export and import goods such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and electronic devices between prime markets in the UK and Europe and Puerto Rico.

“We are delighted to welcome San Juan to our network, and we are excited about the new growth opportunities this presents for our customers,” commented Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director at Virgin Atlantic Cargo. “Over 11 million kgs of cargo move between Puerto Rico and Europe each month and we are confident Virgin Atlantic Cargo will gain a healthy share of this market.”

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Virgin Atlantic Cargo has played a vital role keeping global supply chains running and transporting essential goods around the world. We are continually innovating, bringing in new destinations in line with demand to expand our cargo only offering.”

Although the UK government restrictions on travel may mean that passenger flying has decreased this month, Virgin Atlantic’s cargo business continues to go from strength to strength. The airline is set to fly over 800 sectors in November – nearly 60 per cent are cargo only. This represents a 14% increase in cargo only flying month on month, highlighting the airline’s quick reaction to a rapidly changing external environment.

This month Virgin Atlantic Cargo has increased its capacity on key routes to ensure the continued supply of vital goods across the globe. Increased services will operate to Shanghai, Hong Kong and to the US, with key schedule updates:

  • LHR/JFK service to operate 3 times daily
  • LAX service to include an additional flight, now operating 10 flights each week
  • LHR/HKG service increase to 10 flights a week
  • LHR/JNB service to increase to 6 rotations per week

The airline also continues to transport cargo to Antigua, Atlanta, Barbados, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Delhi, Dublin, Lagos, Miami, Milan, MBJ, Mumbai, Shanghai and Tel Aviv.