For the first time, air passengers will be able to take a direct flight from Manchester Airport to the Indian city of New Dehli.

Virgin Atlantic will now fly to India from Manchester, with the airline will now offering over 600,000 seats each year between the UK and India.

This year, the operator is celebrating its 20th anniversary of flying to Delhi and in addition to the airline’s twice daily service from Heathrow, they have announced they will launch a new route from Manchester, which will depart for the first time on October 26.

Flying to India from Manchester for the very first, this new three times a week service will fly on an A330-200 aircraft. Operating on a Monday, Thursday and Saturday, the VS318 will depart Manchester at 16.40 landing the next morning in Delhi at 06.05.

The return service, the VS319, will depart on a Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 08.10 landing back at 12.10.

Return Economy fares start from £535 per person. Flights will go on sale from March 3 2020.

In addition to the new India route, the airline have also increased flying between Manchester and the Caribbean isle of Barbados.

From January 2021, Virgin Atlantic will now fly a Boeing 747 three times a week on a Monday, Thursday and Saturday from Manchester. This will add an additional 13% capacity compared to Winter 2019. Return Economy fares from £564 per person.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, 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.

"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.”

“2020 marks our 20 anniversary of flying to India and as the destination continues to grow in popularity for both business and leisure travel, we’re thrilled to fly to Delhi for very first time from Manchester, our home in the north.”

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