Together with Delta Airlines Virgin are boosting flights between the U.K and U.S. from summer 2020, which sees Delta Airlines return to Gatwick Airport. This means that between Virgin Atlantic and Delta, capacity across the Atlantic will increase by nearly 10,000 seats, offering customers unrivalled customer experience and more choice than ever before, fantastic news for business travellers.
Delta will also return to Manchester, with a new peak-summer service to Boston from May 21 2020, taking over Virgin's current operation. It last flew from Manchester in 2017 with a service to New York.
Flights from Manchester to Atlanta, New York-JFK, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Orlando will continue to be operated by Virgin Atlantic.
Meanwhile, Delta's return to Gatwick will mark the first time both airlines have served the London airport together since their partnership began in 2014. Delta will fly nonstop between Gatwick and Boston from May 22 2020.
The day before, Virgin will launch a daily flight to New York-JFK from Gatwick."We're excited to return to London Gatwick, which is where we launched our first U.K. destination over 40 years ago as well as Manchester, and continue to grow our international network from Boston," said Roberto Ioriatti, Delta's vice president transatlantic.
From March 29 2020, Delta and Virgin will increase capacity between New York-JFK and London Heathrow by 15%. This means Delta will increase its services to three daily frequencies, with Virgin operating five. Heathrow-JFK will be the first route to enjoy Virgin's new A350 from September 2019.