Virgin Atlantic to increase UK – US services for 2017

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Virgin Atlantic Cargo is to provide more UK – US services in 2017 with daily London – Seattle flights and more routes from Manchester.

It will start London Heathrow – Seattle Tacoma flights on 26 March followed by three Manchester – San Francisco services a week from 28 March and a twice-weekly service to Boston the following day.

Virgin will also start daily Manchester – New York JFK flights at the end of May and a weekly London Gatwick service to Varadero in Cuba.

Virgin Atlantic senior vice president for cargo, John Lloyd says Seattle is in the top 15 of import/export markets between the UK and US and there has been a lot of interest from customers.

He comments: “It is clearly an important and growing origin, transit and destination point for cargo as demonstrated by the 10.2% increase in tonnage in 2016 through Seattle-Tacoma. It is a great addition to our U.S network.”

Lloyd says 2016 was a challenging year but is optimistic that the new routes will help the airline grow in 2017.

He says: “2016 was a challenging year for everyone so we are very encouraged by the growth in our volumes from the UK to the U.S, which were boosted by particularly strong increases on our routes to Atlanta, Miami, New York JFK and San Francisco.”