Virgin Atlantic launches Mumbai service

Virgin Atlantic launches Mumbai service

Will introduce brand new A330 aircraft with Upper Class seats on Mumbai and Delhi routes…

(L) Stephen King, Country Manager, Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson, President and Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic addressing the press conference in Mumbai.

Virgin Atlantic stated that its product investment programme for India would reach more than GBP300 million (INR2,590 crore) as it starts its flights from London Heathrow to Mumbai. The restarting of Mumbai route after a gap of four years will see the airline double its capacity to India. The airline will also offer onward connections to New York, Boston, Washington, Miami and Chicago.

One million people fly between Mumbai and the UK each year, with the market increasing by 10% in the last two years alone. With India’s economy remaining one of the fastest growing in the world Virgin Atlantic expects passenger numbers to continue to rise.

Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic said, “We are delighted to be back in this amazing city. The importance of strengthening the connections between the economies of India, UK and USA cannot be emphasised enough – our new daily connecting service from Mumbai all the way to USA will be a winner for businesses across all three continents.”

“Given the importance of both of our Indian markets we are introducing our newest aircraft on flights from India which represents hundreds of millions of pounds of investment. Our arrival will offer the people of Mumbai more choice and a better service,” he added.

The key market for the airline will be business travellers, passengers visiting friends and family and leisure travellers which represent 80% of the 300,000 plus passengers the British airline will initially carry each year to and from India.

With its Mumbai route launch, Virgin Atlantic is seeking to build on record demand for travel between Delhi, London and New York. The airline is also eyeing other destinations like Goa, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

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