Virgin Atlantic has announced its decision to launch domestic flights between Manchester and London three times daily using Airbus A319 from March 31st 2013.
The move means that people in the north, whose closest airport is Manchester, will be able to fly to London Heathrow and connect to a larger number of international flights. It will also give competition to rival British Airways.
Chief executive of Virgin Atlantic, Steve Ridgway said: “Flying between Heathrow and Manchester is just the start for Virgin Atlantic’s new short haul operation. We have the means to connect thousands of passengers to our long haul network as well as to destinations served by other carriers. Our new service will provide strong competition to omnipresent BA; keep fares low and give consumers a genuine choice of airline to fly to Heathrow and beyond.”