So... Barbados is 3 weekly next summer. The bigger picture is this:
" 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. "
“Virgin Atlantic will increase flights on 3 routes in Peak Summer 2020 from Manchester: - Barbados goes from 2 to 3 weekly flights (+10k seats) - Las Vegas goes from 4 to 6 weekly flights (+10k seats) - Orlando goes from 12 to 14 weekly flights (+23k seats)”
Read more about Flights going almost full, we are seeing healthy returns: Virgin Atlantic on Business-standard. It is capitalising on the growth in traffic, decline in capacity following closure of Jet Airways and its partnership with "big brother" Delta Airlines of the US
The article states that:
"The airline is also exploring the option to connect Manchester with India."
The former jet airways service was doing quite well from Manchester until it sadly collapsed, so this looks like a good opportunity for Virgin Atlantic.
But as this is the third time they relaunched the LHR-BOM route, I'm hoping the route will be profitable from Manchester and doesn't get served for a short period of time.
I know the future of flybe/Virgin Connect is still unclear but I don't understand the timings of those ATL and JFK flights as things stand.
Timings may of course change for next winter but the current domestic arrivals wave for flybe on weekdays shows:-
15.55 Belfast City
None of those would enable transfers to the 2 US flights, and only possibly Inverness & Belfast City for the Delhi if flybe moved to T2.
Not sure of the arrival times for flybe's European services - DUS, LYS, AMS, PAR, HAJ (are they all still operating?)
For the Delhi arrival at 12.10, that's quite a long connecting time for JFK and ATL (only the Fri arrival coincides with an ATL departure I think). The latest US arrival from the US is from ATL at11.25 which on a Saturday would mean a 5 hour wait for the Delhi.
Currently, the early wave of flybe arrivals does provide transfer options for the Virgin flights, albeit a long connecting time for JFK in some cases.
So, which other airlines does VS have a code-sharing agreement with or which allow for through ticketing, that could tie in with the late departures to JFK, ATL and DEL?
Or is it just a case of waiting to see the final picture?
I’m sure/hope discussions are going on behind closed doors ref the timings of domestic Flybe arrivals to coincide nicely with the VS long haul departures...top of the agenda I would like to think is Flybe over to the new pier 2 in the summer? But would that then mean AF/KL would also have to follow?
"Virgin Atlantic will offer connectivity to destinations such as Edinburgh and Belfast with Flybe, soon to be rebranded Virgin Connect. Virgin Atlantic flights from Delhi to Manchester will have also have connections to New York and Orlando, the airline said. "