Virgin Atlantic is cutting flights during the second Covid lockdown in England.

A ‘lockdown schedule’ will be in place from November 8 until December 3, the day after government restrictions are due to be lifted.

The airline is limiting flights across its network from Heathrow and warned that there may be ad hoc changes to the schedule.

A total of 13 destinations will continue to be served but with reduced frequencies.


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The trimmed schedule follows British Airways suspending services from Gatwick until December.

Virgin Atlantic’s service to Montego Bay in Jamaica will be suspended between November 11-23 and a twice-weekly Boston service will not restart until November 26.

Flights will be maintained to Atlanta, Barbados and Antigua, Delhi, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lagos, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Mumbai, Shanghai and Tel Aviv.

For example, the airline will maintain twice-weekly flights to Antigua until November 21 followed by a weekly Saturday service until the end of lockdown.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said: “As a direct result of new restrictions and the expected drop in customer demand, effective from 8 November until 3 December 2020 we will temporarily reduce our passenger flying programme.

“If we cancel a customer’s flight, we will be in touch with them and they will have the option to rebook or request a refund.

“We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused to our customers and remain so grateful for their patience during these extraordinary circumstances.

“While we have reduced our passenger flying schedule, we’ll continue to serve many of Virgin Atlantic’s destinations on a reduced frequency and provide vital international connectivity from London Heathrow Terminal 2 for customers that need to fly, including journeys permitted for work, education or other legally permitted reasons.

“We’ll also continue to build on the success of our cargo-only operations, helping to keep global supply chains moving.”

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