Virgin Atlantic has announced the cancellation of the launch of services between Manchester airport and the Indian cities of Delhi and Mumbai, as of 14th December 2020.
“We are constantly reviewing our flight schedule and in response to the ongoing effects of Covid-19, we made the difficult decision to withdraw our flights from Manchester to Delhi and Mumbai, which were scheduled to start in January,” the airline said.
The routes were announced in mid-October and was scheduled to take off with Boeing 787-9s with Mumbai initially, in December of this year and Delhi in January 2021.
However, the Mumbai service was later postponed to January.
Virgin says it “continues to operate in our Manchester home and recently resumed operations to Barbados. Additional routes to the Caribbean and the US will begin in the coming weeks.”
The company also stated, “We remain committed to our Manchester home and have recently resumed operations to Barbados, with further routes to the Caribbean and US commencing in the coming weeks.
“Bookings affected by this change will be updated and can be viewed in the GDS on Sunday December 13.”
When Virgin launched the Indian routes from Manchester, it said in October that it will “benefit half a million Indian diaspora in the north of England” with services aimed at “meeting the demand for business and leisure travel to the region, while the world economy is gradually recovering from the region. ” Effects of the Covid-19 pandemic “.
Cirium data shows that the only connection between Manchester and India before the pandemic was a twice-weekly connection to Goa operated by the leisure company TUI.
The announcement by Virgin comes two days after the start of services between Manchester and the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
The British airline continues to serve Delhi and Mumbai from London Heathrow Airport.