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Virgin Atlantic expands in Manchester with more summer flights

Virgin Atlantic has announced it will be increasing flights from Manchester to leisure destinations from next Summer.

The airline will offer an additional 43,000 seats to Orlando, Barbados and Las Vegas.

Virgin Holidays is also opening five additional retail stores, ahead of the peak holiday booking period in January.

Together with partners Virgin Connect, formerly FlyBe, Virgin Atlantic will offer a total of almost 800,000 long-haul seats to popular destinations for Summer 2020.

The new Virgin Holidays stores, which are all scheduled to open this year, will be in Birmingham, Derby, Peterborough, Romford and Stoke-on-Trent.

Juha Jarvinen, EVP Commercial at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “Today’s announcement outlines the latest phase of our growth strategy in Manchester, our home in the North. In September we committed to 30,000 additional seats from Manchester for Winter 2019 and today, we are expanding on that with an extra 43,000 seats to key leisure destinations for Summer 2020, which is a clear sign of our ambition to offer increased choice to our customers travelling from the North West. 

“With a greater number of flights to some of our most popular destinations, alongside a brand new Clubhouse scheduled to open next Spring, we’re confident our customers will be delighted by the Virgin Atlantic experience in Manchester.”

Joe Thompson, Managing Director at Virgin Holidays, said: “We’re delighted to continue to grow the Virgin Holidays experience for our customers with five further stores joining our expanding retail portfolio. We aim to create a truly immersive experience for our customers, which begins right at the point of booking. We want customers to be able to imagine themselves on their holiday from the moment they enter our stores by bringing the sights, sounds and tastes of their holiday to their hometown.”