Feb 25, 2020: Businesses moving £20 billion of trade between the UK and India each year will enjoy a direct link to and from the North of England from October 2020 when Virgin Atlantic Cargo launches new Manchester-Delhi services.
The route will see Virgin Atlantic fly to Delhi from Manchester for the first time. Starting on October 26, the airline will operate three A330-200 flights every Monday, Thursday and Saturday as part of its growing commitment to the Indian market.
Last October, Virgin Atlantic commenced daily Heathrow-Mumbai services and, on March 29, will introduce double daily flights to Delhi from Heathrow. This expansion comes as the airline celebrates the 20th anniversary of flying to India.
Over 100 million kilos of imports and exports move between the UK and India by air each year including high volumes of vegetables, fresh fruit, spices and apparel. The new route will provide quick and seamless connections for customers in the US to access India’s buoyant market. Virgin Atlantic currently operates from New York JFK, Atlanta and Orlando to Manchester and will relaunch seasonal services from Las Vegas on March 29 and Los Angeles from May 24.
Dominic Kennedy, managing director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said, “Business opportunities between the UK and India have never been greater. India is now the world’s fifth largest economy and the UK is one of its biggest and fastest-growing trading partners for products such as technology and automotive components, pharmaceuticals and fresh produce as well as other general cargoes. The launch of direct flights to India from Manchester this October will give exporters and importers more choice in addition to the three times daily services we will be operating ex-Heathrow, offering exciting new growth opportunities for us and our customers.”
VS318 will depart Manchester at 16:40, landing the next morning in Delhi at 06:05. The return service, the VS319, will depart on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday at 08:10 landing back at 12:10.