Virgin Atlantic will increase capacity from Manchester this winter, adding extra seats to Barbados and New York.

Its Clubhouse lounge will make its debut at the airport, alongside a refurbished Virgin Holidays v-room.

The winter schedule from Manchester will be the airline’s biggest so far, with nearly 30,000 additional seats year-on-year.

The largest aircraft in its fleet, the Boeing 747, will operate more services to New York JFK, increasing capacity by 65% year-on-year.

A third weekly service from Manchester to Barbados will be introduced for the full winter 2019 season.

Virgin Atlantic will also increase capacity from Gatwick, with an eighth and ninth weekly service to Barbados for the winter 2019 season.

These additional services will go on sale from October 1.

Furthermore, details about more flights from Gatwick and Manchester to Orlando will be announced shortly.

The airline said its commitment to expand in Manchester has been a “key part” of its growth strategy for several years, and it has seen a 92% increase in flights from the airport since 2014.

Juha Jarvinen, commercial executive vice-president at Virgin Atlantic, said: “There is a huge opportunity for Virgin Atlantic here; we want to be the airline of choice for customers travelling from Manchester airport and we’re eager to build upon our announcement today, with a greater number of new flights and destinations to follow in the near future.”

Joe Thompson, managing director at Virgin Holidays, added: “We are extremely proud of our presence in the region, having opened our current v-room at Manchester airport in 2011.

“With increased flight capacity, Virgin Holidays will be able to offer even more customers the very best holiday deals.”

Julian Carr, the airport’s aviation director, commented: “New York, Barbados and Orlando are amongst our most popular destinations, so the news will be welcomed by the 22 million people in our catchment area.”

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