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Virgin Atlantic back to Canada

Toronto will see a return of Virgin Atlantic with daily Heathrow flights from 30 March 2025.

Richard Branson joked that this was “third time lucky” at a party for the airline at Las Vegas celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Shai Weiss, CEO, explains the rational: “We had Toronto, which was launched just pre-9/11 which was not a really good time to do so. But the difference with Toronto this time is that our Indian network is so strong that it can provide connectivity for Indian nationals. Toronto happens to be the eighth largest centre for Indian diaspora in the world. So it makes a lot of sense”.

India has become a huge market for Virgin Atlantic since it re-launched flights to the country in 2019. From late October, when Virgin adds a second daily flight to Mumbai (in addition to flights to Bengaluru and Delhi) it will offer over a million seats to the country per year.

To support the new route, Virgin Atlantic is also launching a codeshare arrangement with Canadian airline WestJet in October 2024. This will allow Virgin to sell connections via Toronto to other Canadian cities including Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg.


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