Virgin Atlantic heads for Mumbai following Jet Airways collapse

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Virgin Atlantic is relaunching flights between London Heathrow and Mumbai, India, for the first time in four years.

Tickets will go on sale next Tuesday, with the first service set to take off on October 27th.

Virgin said the new flight will complement the airline’s long-established route between London and Delhi.

The daily service will not only enhance a vital link between India’s commercial centre and the UK’s capital, but it also provides seamless connections via Heathrow between India and the United States.

The new flights will depart and arrive Heathrow in the morning to align with connecting flows to and from US.

The Mumbai flights will be operated on Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Juha Jarvinen, executive vice president, commercial, at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “This year marks a significant period of growth for Virgin Atlantic and I’m delighted that we’re continuing to expand our route network once more, by returning to Mumbai.

“Until recently we’ve been able to serve this important market through our partnership with Jet Airways, however, since Jet Airways has sadly suspended its operation, we now have an opportunity to provide alternative options for our customers and meet this demand.”

As well as flying customers, Virgin Atlantic continues to see increased demand for cargo.

This fast cargo service will offer new opportunities for companies looking to export and import goods between Mumbai and prime markets in the UK and US.

The new Mumbai flights marks Virgin Atlantic’s 27th daily service from London Heathrow and its third new route announcement this year.

Flights to Tel Aviv, Israel are due to commence in September, with flights to São Paulo, Brazil starting in 2020, marking the airline’s first venture into South America.

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