Virgin Announces New Flights From Las Vegas To England

Dated: June 17 2024

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Virgin Group founder and CEO Richard Branson spoke at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Monday morning on the launch of Virgin Atlantic's new route between Las Vegas and Manchester. 

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A new airline route between Manchester, England, and Las Vegas brought an unlikely guest to Las Vegas this week: Sir Richard Branson.

This week, the Virgin Group founder and CEO came to the region to highlight Virgin Atlantic’s recently launched long-haul flight between the U.K. and Sin City – its second to the area – and to celebrate the airline’s 40th anniversary.

“Las Vegas (has) many happy memories as I’m sure other people do, and maybe some not-that-happy memories,” he joked.

Virgin Atlantic restarted its nonstop service between Harry Reid International Airport and Manchester, England, on June 2. 

The airline offers flights three days a week—Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays—on an Airbus A350 jet capable of carrying 397 passengers.

It’d been almost five years since the airline had carried U.K. passengers from the northwestern English city known for its industrial roots. The carrier previously ran direct flights between 2011 and 2019.

Notably,  the U.K. is the largest overseas market for Vegas tourism, with nearly 12 percent, or roughly 551,550 visitors, according to 2023 preliminary data from the LVCVA. That’s still down about 26 percent from 2019.

Juha Järvinen, chief commercial officer of Virgin Atlantic, said the company waited for market demand levels to restart the route.

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“We felt summer 2024 was the right time to come because the demand has recovered post-pandemic,” Järvinen said. “People want to travel again, and they love Las Vegas. Many Europeans don’t like the summer heat, but Brits love it.

”Järvinen said that while less than 10 percent of their customers come to Las Vegas for business travel, the company saw the uptick in meeting and convention business as another reason to restart the route.“

There’s more and more business travelers out of Manchester,” he said. “That’s why it’s crucially important for us to fly to New York and Atlanta, connecting to all of the U.S. – and Las Vegas and Orlando are big conference centers." 

British billionaire Branson was joined at his off-strip Las Vegas hotel by Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Steve Hill, and Virgin Hotels Collection CEO James Bermingham, among others.


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