UK-based Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to start international flights out of London in late July.

In a release from Virgin Atlantic, the airline plans to resume flights to Orlando, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and New York-JFK on July 20 and 21. The airline plans to gradually reopen more routes through the second half of 2020.

The resumption of flights will commence on the 20th when the airline plans to resume flights to both Orlando and Hong Kong departing from London-Heathrow.

“As the Covid-19 crisis stabilises and demand slowly returns, we are looking forward to welcoming our customers back onboard and flying them safely to their favourite destinations. To ensure the health and safety of our customers and our people, we’re introducing new measures at every point in the journey to offer peace of mind when taking to the skies with us,” Virgin Atlantic Chief Commercial Officer Juha Jarvinen said in a statement.

Jurvinen added the airline is monitoring the ongoing travel restrictions governments have imposed, pointing to the 14-day quarantine imposed by the UK government for arriving passengers.

Despite the challenges ahead, Jurvinen highlighted the importance of the planned flight resumptions saying: “We know that as the Covid-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recovery. Therefore, we are calling for a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, which will allow for a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses. We are planning to announce more destination restart dates in the next two weeks for the month of August.”


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