Virgin Atlantic has announced new flying from Delhi to Manchester with services taking to the skies from October 2020 onwards.

For the first time, Virgin Atlantic will fly from India to Manchester and coupled with the airline’s double daily service from Delhi to Heathrow and daily service from Mumbai to Heathrow, the airline will now offer over 600,000 seats per year between India and UK.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic commented: “2020 marks our 20th anniversary of flying to India and as the destination continues to grow in popularity for both business and leisure travel, we’re thrilled to announce for very first time a new service flying three times a week from Delhi to Manchester, our home in the north.’’

This year, Virgin Atlantic is celebrating its 20th anniversary of flying to Delhi and in addition to the airline’s twice daily service from Heathrow, on 26th October, the airline will launch new flying from Manchester to Delhi. Flying to India from Manchester for the very first time, and Virgin’s first flight to Asia from Manchester, this new three times a week service will fly on an A330-200 aircraft. Operating on a Monday, Thursday and Saturday, the VS318 will depart Manchester at 16:40 landing the next morning in Delhi at 06:05, the return service, the VS319, will depart on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday at 08:10 landing back at 12:10. Return Economy fares start from INR63720 per person. Flights on sale from 3rd March 2020.

Manchester is the UK’s third largest airport and is an ideal gateway to the rest of the UK and Virgin Atlantic will offer seamless connectivity to destinations such as Edinburgh and Belfast with Flybe, soon to be rebranded Virgin Connect.  Virgin Atlantic flights from Delhi to Manchester will have also have connections to New York and Orlando.

Home to two premier league football clubs, a vibrant nightlife scene, five universities and a burgeoning tech industry – Manchester has it all.  Manchester is also close to beautiful national parks like the Peak District and other areas of outstanding natural beauty. The airline will also be opening their Clubhouse this summer in the city.

In addition, Virgin Atlantic looks forward to adding a daily Cape Town service flying from Heathrow complementing the existing service to Johannesburg. Increased flying between Manchester and Barbados and Heathrow and Havana will also offer customers more choice than ever before.

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-Parul Surma