Virgin Atlantic today celebrated its 10th anniversary of flying between London and Delhi. The route was launched in July 2000 and was the airlines twentieth destination, with flights initially operating twice weekly. This was extended in February 2005 to a daily service.During the ten years of direct operations to India, Virgin Atlantic has enabled the country to capitalise on its economic and tourist potential by flying over a million passengers to the destination. India now the world’s eleventh largest economy by nominal GDP and is one of the fastest growing economies in the World. Adding to this growth in the Indian economy, the airline decided to start the route after a period of substantial expansion which included the addition of new routes to Las Vegas and Cape Town and came at a time when Delhi was one of the biggest routes from London Heathrow.Michael Burke, Country Manger of Virgin Atlantic India, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating Virgin Atlantic’s tenth anniversary of flying between London and Delhi. India has long had well-established business links with Britain and has proved to be an increasingly popular destination for British tourists as well as those with family ties in either country. The route is also very popular with Indian nationals who need to connect onto America, as the flight times are perfect for making these onward connections.