No Virgin Atlantic passenger flights – zilch – for at least a week in late April

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Virgin Atlantic has been running a skeleton service for the last few weeks.  

It had previously announced it was only operating New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong flights this month. This bare-bones schedule enabled the repatriation of UK residents.

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Whilst these flights are set to continue on certain dates, Routes Online is reporting that there are no scheduled passenger services between 21st April and 26th April.  Nothing at all.

If you are booked on any of these services you are entitled to a full refund or rebooking as per the terms in our extensive article here.

It’s not clear what will happen to Virgin Atlantic’s services after 26th April although it is highly likely to continue its rolling program of cancellations for at least a few more weeks.

Virgin Atlantic planes continue to fly in order to transport essential cargo.  Virgin Atlantic does not have dedicated cargo aircraft, of course, so some of its aircraft will fly with a skeleton crew.

The airline recently flew its first-ever cargo-only charter flight to transport essential medical supplies.  In a statement Virgin said it is flying eight cargo charters to Shanghai this month in partnership with the Department of Health and the NHS.

Many airlines have been placing additional cargo in passenger seats and overhead bins to maximise the use of space. Lufthansa recently tweeted some photos:

Special dispensation is required to carry cargo in the cabin as well as the hold, which Virgin Atlantic says it has from the Civil Aviation Authority.  One cabin crew member is still required to monitor the cargo in the cabin even if there are no passengers.

No Virgin Atlantic passenger flights for at least a week in late April

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  1. BA declined to reroute me with another airline because of a cancelled connection, they did stump up for a hotel at Heathrow and get me there a day later so I’m happy enough. Anyway the justification for denying to reroute was the Corona virus and “extraordinary circumstances”. Every airline is using this. My understanding is that the EU rules (apart from compensation) still apply. But given Lufthansa, Air France, KLM etc are taking state aid – rerouting, compensation costs etc are essentially now taxpayers money, so government pressure on the EU to relax these consumer regulations will continue. The Dutch and German govts have already been lobbying for the airlines to be able to offer vouchers instead of cash refunds. I’d take a refund in case it’s not an option in the future as I wouldn’t want to end up with a voucher.

  2. I was chatting to a friend yesterday who is VS crew…she did a 2 round trips last week, one to LA with 10 passengers on the return, and one to NY with 4 passengers.

    • @mkcol says:

      My husband works for Avanti West Coast. It is highly unusual for him to have more than half a dozen pax on any service nowadays.
      It appears that the company are trying to reduce services further & are just awaiting DfT approval.

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