Virgin Atlantic delays its return of flights to Orlando

Jun 23, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Virgin Atlantic
Posted: Tuesday June 23, 2020 3:57pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The United Kingdom's largest carrier of passengers to Orlando has delayed its return to late August 2020.

Virgin Atlantic announced earlier this month that it planned to resume flights to Orlando from July 20, but has now pushed that start date back to August 24 2020 for both London Heathrow and Manchester airports. In addition, the airline points out that the route is still pending CDC approval.

Virgin will begin flying to New York JFK from London Heathrow on July 21 and Miami on August 18 2020.

The United States still has a ban in place on foreign nationals entering the U.S. from the United Kingdom, and the U.K. government continues to advise against all non-essential international travel. While Virgin could resume flights carrying only U.S. citizens, it would seem likely that it would need the restrictions lifting for the airline to make a success of U.S. bound flights. 

In a statement the airline said:

Virgin Atlantic has taken the difficult decision to delay the restart of its London Heathrow to Orlando service and it will now resume on 24th August 2020. Seasonal services from Glasgow and Belfast to Orlando will resume for selected dates in summer 2021. We will continue to monitor our network on an ongoing basis and expect more flights from London Heathrow and Manchester to resume in September and October 2020.

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RobbiemMar 02, 2021

I agree. I really want to travel again but I want to do it safely and freely. Traveling this year with masks, testing and potentially quarantine on return to the UK isn’t something want to risk. I’d rather wait it out another year and have a better experience hopefully in 2022

moles.family.disneyMar 02, 2021

Think it's down to individual families too. Disney seem to think Masks and distancing will be in place at least until 2022 which is not an experience I want to have, so I'll just wait

richiejvMar 02, 2021

Admittedly I might be clutching at straws a little, but I disagree. With talk today of the vaccine rate in the UK going up to 4-5m a week and the USA doing pretty well too, I wouldn’t rule out a travel corridor opening up between the two. I’d be writing off anything in the first half of the year still (July and August are probably tricky too) but beyond that I think there’s a pretty good chance.

moles.family.disneyFeb 27, 2021

Hate to say it but I think people need to write off this year too. Least next year normality should start to resume

KyledychchiFeb 27, 2021

Got 2 weeks at the start of September booked, I’ll 100% be moving it ! Unfortunately that’s not what we want to do but I don’t think the full cost will warrant the experience for those travelling with us for the first time !

mktFeb 26, 2021

We booked in the opposite direction for October and December (IAD-LHR-GOT/GOT-LHR-IAD, and IAD-BRU/BRU-IAD). Let's see what happens.

bennyw01Feb 26, 2021

Ive booked in for August, just worried its too close to call it, postponed a couple of times now! looking like we are gonna have to pay the extra to extend the ultimate tickets into next year worst comes to worst.

richiejvFeb 26, 2021

Flights to Florida booked for September. Originally meant to go last year but funnily enough couldn’t make it. Disney have extended our park tickets to Sept 26th so we can’t leave it any longer than that. Fingers crossed!

bennyw01Feb 25, 2021

BA outta LHR is the safest option right now, LGW will be slower to return for all long haul. Anyone got anything booked for this summer yet?

moles.family.disneyFeb 02, 2021

BA it is then

mktFeb 02, 2021

So, a new option for those willing to connect in the US - Jetblue. They'll be flying from Gatwick and Stansted to JFK, EWR, and BOS https://thepointsguy.com/news/jetblue-locked-out-london-airports/ https://simpleflying.com/jetblue-new-mint-transatlantic/

mktFeb 02, 2021

If they're viable, which is looking unlikely https://www.traveloffpath.com/norwegian-permanently-cuts-all-long-haul-flights/

nickysFeb 01, 2021

Neither is necessarily a permanent change. If Norwegian is still viable after all this I would think Orlando would be a prime destination for them. But only when people can fly there. Stands to reason they have cancelled the route for now.

moles.family.disneyFeb 01, 2021

I think i'll be flying BA from now on from Gatwick. I can't stand Heathrow airport so would rather just change airline. Disappointing that Norwegian have stopped their route to Orlando too