Virgin Atlantic launches limited Belfast and Glasgow routes
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For reasons not entirely clear, Virgin Atlantic will experiment next Summer with a very restricted service from Belfast and Glasgow.
From Belfast, Virgin will be flying to Orlando. It will fly a grand total of six times – Thursday 25 June and then every Thursday in July.
On the off chance that this timetable suits your holiday plans, you will find yourself on a 3-class Boeing 747. There are only 16 Upper Class seats so the chances of more than a couple being available for redemptions is not great. One upside if you can find a seat is the lower (ie £0) APD rate in Northern Ireland.
The second route is even odder.
A Glasgow to Las Vegas service will launch on September 10th 2015. It will fly a grand total of eight times, ending in October, using the same 747.
Again, it will only be a weekly service departing on a Thursday. I’m not sure I have ever met anyone who went to Las Vegas for an entire week, but you could build in some sightseeing around it.
To add to the oddness of these routes, remember that Virgin Little Red does not fly to Belfast or Glasgow – only to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester. This means that there is not even a convenient ‘all Virgin’ option if you don’t want to stay away a full week and end up flying home via Heathrow instead.
As I said, all very strange. This feels like a throwback to the ‘old Virgin’ before Delta took its 49% stake and started making some rational decisions such as ditching Sydney.
Full details can be found on the Virgin Atlantic website here.
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