Virgin Atlantic heads to Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas, new Virgin Atlantic route

A sign that aviation is starting to open up – Virgin Atlantic has announced a new service between Heathrow and Austin, Texas.

The four times a week service will begin on 25 May using Boeing 787 jets. Outgoing will leave London at 11.35am and the return leg is an overnight flight leaving at around 6pm.

It’s Virgin’s first new route to the USA since 2015 and it offers both business and leisure customers as well as the potential for health cargo traffic.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic said: “We are incredibly excited to launch this new service to Austin, Texas. With an impressive food, arts and music scene, we know it’s a destination our customers will love to explore.

“The US has been our heartland for more than 37 years since our first flight to New York City in 1984. Since US borders opened to UK travellers on 8 November, it feels extra special to be launching new flying, especially to the fantastic city of Austin.

“There are so many synergies between Virgin Atlantic and the city of Austin. We love their philosophy and desire to celebrate local brands, businesses and communities and we cannot wait to welcome customers, both existing and new onboard, flying them safely to explore this fabulously quirky city.”

Jacqueline Yaft , CEO, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport said: “We are thrilled to welcome Virgin Atlantic to Austin and Central Texas. This exciting new partnership helps meet our goals of continued recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and furthers our commitment to being the Gateway of Central Texas for both leisure and business travelers alike.”