26 MARCH 2018

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Article from BTNews 26 MARCH 2018

Regions gain in Atlantic battle

Passengers in the regions are being targeted by Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines this summer as the carriers mount an aggressive summer campaign for transatlantic business with a joint programme putting 5m seats on routes between the UK and US.

Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast as well as London will see extra capacity as the two companies, which have a joint-venture partnership, boost services.

Highlights include Delta resuming the UK’s only direct services between London and Salt Lake City, starting again on 2 April, and Portland in Oregon, which resumes on 4 May.

The two airlines will also operate up to 17 flights a week from Scotland to New York JFK and Orlando, while Virgin Atlantic says it is trebling the number of seats available between Belfast International and Orlando.

Virgin will raise capacity between Manchester and JFK this summer by introducing a Boeing B747 on to the service from May and the airline is also reintroducing seasonal flights between Manchester and Las Vegas, San Francisco and Boston.

In addition, Virgin will add a sixth daily frequency between Heathrow and JFK, while Delta is introducing larger Airbus A330-200s on its twice-daily services between the two hubs, an increase in capacity of 5%.

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