Virgin Atlantic will resume passenger flights in July, starting with five routes to North America and Asia.
The carrier will resume services to Orlando and HongKong from London Heathrow on July 20. The next day, Virgin Atlantic will operate flights from Heathrow to each Shanghai, Los Angeles and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
More routes will resume over the next few weeks in August.
According to Virgin Atlantic chief commercial officer Juha Jarvinen, the airline is “monitoring external conditions extremely closely, in particular the travel restrictions many countries have in place including the 14-day quarantine policy for travellers entering the United Kingdom.”
The carrier will implement additional safety measures, including enhanced cleaning efforts, distancing measures at check-in and boarding and personal health packs with facemasks, surface wipes and hand gel provided to travellers.
“Our medical experts are working closely with all relevant U.K. and international health and aviation authorities to ensure we adhere to, and on many occasions exceed, the guidance they are offering, whilst continuously reviewing and updating the measures we have in place to keep our customers and teams safe,” according to Virgin Atlantic chief customer officer Corneel Koster.