Virgin Atlantic sets August 24 date for London-Lagos flight resumption

 

**Announces return to 17 destinations

 

Mega carrier, Virgin Atlantic has concluded plans to resume flight services to Lagos from August 24, 2020. This is coming as many countries across the globe are easing restrictions on air travel.

The airline which plans to resume flight services to Lagos in August said it would deploy its newly acquired A350 plane on the Nigerian route it shares with British Airways on 21 weekly frequencies to Lagos and Abuja.

 

Although, Nigeria is yet to lift restriction on air travel, there are indications that the Federal Government would lift international travel restrictions on or before August as many countries in Europe, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and others are currently doing.

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Emirates, Air France, Lufthansa, Qantas, Turkish and many others are already conducting long haul flights to countries that lifted airspace restrictions.

The airline has equally concluded plans to return to 17 additional destinations across the network, including Tel Aviv, Miami, San Francisco and Barbados planned from August 2020.It noted that additional measures put in place at the airport and onboard to ensure health and safety of our customers and our people

Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic, Juha Jarvinen said,”We are also delighted to announce that when we return to Lagos we will be doing so on our new A350-1000 aircraft which is packed with innovation, thoughtful features, and unmistakable Virgin Atlantic flair. From our new enhanced social space to extra storage, and our latest entertainment system, there’s so much to look forward to.”

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“As countries around the world begin to relax travel restrictions, we look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard and flying them safely to many destinations across our network. From 20th July we will resume services to New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong then from 1st August onwards, we will resume passenger flying to 17 additional destinations around the world including Lagos, Tel Aviv, Atlanta, Mumbai and Las Vegas,”

“However, we are monitoring external conditions extremely closely, in particular the travel restrictions many countries have in place including the 14 day quarantine policy for travellers entering the UK. We know that as the Covid-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recovery.

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“Therefore, we are calling for UK Government to continually review its quarantine measures and instead look at a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, including air bridges, which will support a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses.”

Wole Shadare