Published on : Saturday, April 18, 2020
British carrier Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will be canceling the launch of the London to Sao Paulo route that was scheduled to commence on October 6. The airline said in an official statement that in response to the rapid acceleration and severe impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Virgin Atlantic has made the incredibly difficult decision to withdraw the London Heathrow to Sao Paulo service which was due to launch on October this year.
The United Kingdom-based airline has been making significant amendments to its schedule in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. International travel restrictions and nationwide lockdowns have forced the airline to ground a majority of its aircraft. The carrier has already informed that it continuously reviewing its flying schedules and operation programmes amidst the difficult situation.
Virgin was excited to be heading to Brazil’s financial hub. It previously promoted the fact that the coastal city is the perfect entry point for anyone looking to explore South America. The service was initially scheduled to launch last month and this is the second time that plans have been changed this year.
The decision comes at a time when the global aviation industry is struggling to survive amidst the harsh effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Uncertainties regarding the final impact of the virus outbreak on the aviation and travel industry over the next few months continue to remain constant.
Therefore, the airline has started to revaluate its services as it is facing a financial and operational crisis and a downturn flight activity. Virgin Atlantic will be in a better position to launch new routes once the pandemic is over.
However, passengers who have already booked flights on this route are expected to be contacted by the airline. They can also visit the official website for rebooking and refund options. Travelers who have booked through third parties are being advised to contact those travel agencies for the next steps. The airline has also appreciated its customers, trade and media partners as well as the Sao Paulo team for working hard and supporting its decision.