Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to launch direct flights from Manchester Airport to the Indian capital, Delhi, for the first time.
Flights will begin in October 2020, with departures three times a week. Currently, Virgin only flies to India from Heathrow, with services to Delhi and Mumbai.
The new direct flights from Manchester to Delhi will operate on a seasonal basis, starting on October 26th.
Virgin Atlantic has also announced it plans to offer additional direct flights from Manchester to Barbados, adding 13% capacity, as well as increased flying between Manchester and Cape Town and Havana.
Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said:
2020 is an extremely exciting year of continued growth for Virgin Atlantic and increasing our presence out of Manchester is a huge focus for us.
“Not only are we the headline sponsor of the Manchester Pride Festival but we’re delighted to announce a new service flying three times a week from Manchester to Delhi, additional capacity into Barbados from Manchester as well as a Clubhouse opening this summer.
“This year will also see Flybe transform into Virgin Connect, and we’re excited to offer customers flying from the north 47 daily flights throughout the UK, Ireland and across Europe.”