Virgin Atlantic has suspended passenger flights until 10th May

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Two week ago, we reported that Virgin Atlantic had completely suspended passenger flights for a week. We predicted it would be subject to a rolling program of cancellations and we were right.

According to Routes Online, Virgin Atlantic has now removed passenger flights until 10th May. A further week – until the 17th May – has now unavailable for reservation on top, making it highly unlikely that Virgin will operate passenger flights until at least mid-May.

It is still flying, however. The following routes are operating to carry cargo:

Hong Kong: alternating days
Los Angeles: daily
New York JFK: daily
Shanghai:  alternating days from 2nd May

……. which includes vital PPE and medical equipment for the NHS.

Virgin Atlantic has now removed passenger flights until 10th May

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Comments

  1. No lockdown for moi-meme says:

    How can the Queen Mum curate anything as she’s been dead 18 years?

    • Kev 85 says:

      “ she’s been dead 18 years?”

      That’s what they want you to think

    • ChrisC says:

      Because she selected whatever plants and whatnots that went into the garden layoir and as long as the current garden follows those selections then she curated it.

    • Lady London says:

      You are a ratbag, @NLFM.
      Technically that’s lese-majesty.

  2. Charlie says:

    Some of those auctions are excellent. I hope they raise a lot.

    • Genghis says:

      🙂 made me chuckle

    • Novice says:

      Yes it’s great but tbh I am now seeing a lot of money raised for NHS. Where is all that money going to actually go though. Why is NHS in such bad shape that it needs so much money raised for its employees. Where has all the taxpayers’ money gone. It seems everyone in their euphoric state has forgotten the fact that NHS has wasted a lot of money over the years. I’m young so I don’t know all but I know what I hear from my own family who have been around longer.

      • Novice says:

        Btw, I am not against charity but there are so many great causes that need help right now. I’m just saying everyone seems to only be raising for an institution that was paid for by taxpayers in the first place. Seems weird to me.

      • RussellH says:

        Why does the NHS need more money? Mainly because the Tories, since 2010 have funded it less generously than the rate of inflation in the cost of medical care. Many staff are not well paid, some are appallingly badly paid, which are, no doubt, part of the reason that they do not have enough staff.
        Because of government encouraged staff shortages, they often have to employ agency staff at rip off rates, half of which goes to the agency, not the staff.
        And of course the NHS wastes money. All organisations waste money. Meetings get cancelled at the last minute, after people have travelled to them. Patients fail to turn up for appointments – a huge cost.
        And, before you forget, one of Donald Trump’s top demands for a UK-USA trade agreement is a huge increase in the prices paid by the NHS for US pharmaceuticals.

        • Novice says:

          I understand all that but why wasn’t there an outcry for conditions etc before since 2010 why has everyone just realised that NHS is important. But I still stand by my comment that we don’t really know where and how the money is being spent. So much has been raised and the fact that it’s being raised nobody is holding govt to account for anything. They should be making funds available. And I maintain there are hundreds of charities that need help now. This is a bit like the party every Thursday on Westminster bridge. Treating NHS like a charity is not going to help them in the long term instead they should be holding government to account.

          The female leaders have proven that they are best in this pandemic eg. Merkel, jucinda, Finland pm… where’s our PM ah yes in his holiday home. He thinks he’s Churchill, he wishes.

        • The NHS institution (not the hard working care staff before a leftist attacks that) is crap. The UK needs to look at an alternate system for healthcare (America is not the only alternate for our Leftists again).

          Post Covid-19 we will see how well the UK has coped vs other countries which don’t have a US system.

          Then hopefully she is made comfortable with a syringe-driver.

          • Lady London says:

            Both France and Germany seem to do better contracting out a lot of delivery.

          • Chabuddy geezy says:

            I agree with Russell, of course there is a degree of wastage and mismanagement in the NHS, but the truth is it has been funded less generously since 2010. This has been discussed widely but I guess it depends what media you read. We spend less on healthcare then a lot of developed nations as a % of GDP.

          • Surely you mean alternative; alternation would be very confusing!
            I agree with your assessment of the NHS back office and logistics; the last couple of months have really shown that and the government, any government, has little or no control.

        • Harry T says:

          @Russell is right. The chronic underfunding and effective pay cuts of staff has led to a precarious situation. It is also incredibly poorly managed and needlessly bureaucratic.

          I wish people would put aside the strange cult around the NHS and actually scrutinise the government’s decisions. I appreciate people clapping the NHS, but I can’t but feel it is a temporary gesture that is ultimately more about boosting public morale. What we need is long term investment in services and restructuring of the NHS.

          • Novice says:

            Exactly my point in a way. And also nhs should not be an institution that relies on charity.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Not going to read all these replies but the money raised by these fundraisers typically goes straight towards the staffs welfare.

        Some treats, social help like perhaps better or dedicated childcare facilities etc, none critical equipment that clearly makes their lives easier for example these headbands you can hook face masks on to etc.

        It shouldn’t be going to find vital equipment that the NHS needs to treat patients that should have enough funding already.

        • Lady London says:

          There was a promise that lottery funds would not be used to buy things for the NHS like new machines etc., that the taxes we pay for the NHS should already provide.

          And yet I’ve heard of many cases over the years where local residents have campaigned for more up to date medical machines for their local NHS facility, raised money and lottery funds have indeed been used. Colposcopes featured a few times and that’s key medical equipment not a staff welfare facility.

          I really am wondering where all the taxes we pay in the UK go. In so many ways we seem to have less facilities available, they are old and poor quality. Hospitals and roads, for example. And we don’t seem to pay so much less tax than other countries that have a much better standard of provision for their people

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Massive corporate contracts signed by crooked commissioners … then people complain about Virgin Care taking them to court.

          • Before this crisis you could say the NHS had pretty good outcomes, it’s cheap, UK spend a lot less on healthcare vs Germany, USA, France and Nordics.

          • Novice says:

            I have nothing against the idea of nhs but I am finding it hard to clap etc when I know uk has over 20 k deaths. Ppl are just using Thursday to throw parties and get togethers. My own neighbourhood all start having a party in the street every Thursday and I’ve lost count how many times I have seen ppl from different households within inches of each other. Btw I see it from my window and the first week from my doorstep.

            And let’s not forget Westminster bridge where the very workers who are supposedly being applauded mingle with public and police without warnings issued.

            Police have gone mad. They are using drones on ppl in wilderness where there’s nobody but they are fine with this. I just dislike hypocrisy.

            So I’m more likely to atm donate to WWF. I have faith in animals. 😂

  3. i wonder if Virgin Atlantic are using the full suspension as a way of heaping more pressure on the UK government for a bailout ?

    a partial passenger schedule might muddy the waters on the lobbying front.

    • Mikeact says:

      But, are they really competitive on the limited number of routes they fly ? I can’t think of one route where there is no choice.

  4. Daniel Olagunju says:

    I intend to fly from London HEATHROW on 10/07/20 Is there any changes?

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      Depends who with and where to.

    • Lady London says:

      If they cancel it, airline might not officially tell you until very near your flight date

      You can find out the truth early by checking online if you are still a me to book your same flight as a new customer.

      Even if you can’t, you will still have to wait until the airline officially cancels your flight otherwise if you cancel you will lose cancellation fees. If you wait till the airline officially cancels then you get all your money back either by phoning the airline – or, if you can’t get through to the airline on the phone orif they refuse – then you can ask your credit card to refund it as a section 75 request (call them) or a chargeback

    • Peter North says:

      Where you flying to Dan?

  5. O/t

    Not sure if it’s been covered. But got an email last night saying that curve are now charging 1.5% to use a credit card to pay Amex. I was using ihg MasterCard to pay. Has anyone experienced this? Is there any other card which lets you do this without a fee? Thanks

  6. Andrew Henshaw says:

    Suspended my flight, but then tell me 100 days before I will get a refund. I guess querying that with Amex might help?

    • Lady London says:

      That’s complete rubbish go to your UK issued credit car request section 75 refund,or chargeback if charge card. The limit is 7-14 days for refunds, technically.

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