Virgin Atlantic introduces flights to Texas
by Beverley Fearis
Virgin Atlantic will introduce a new direct service from Heathrow to Austin, the capital of Texas.
It will be the airline’s first new route to the US since 2015.
The four-times-a-week service will launch on May 25 and will operate on the airline’s 787-9 aircraft boasting 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats.
Austin is famously known as the “live music capital of the world”, renowned for its art and foodie scene as well as a wide range of outdoors activities.
To capitalise on the increased leisure tourism to the region, Virgin Atlantic Holidays will be launching a holiday portfolio in Austin and throughout Texas including hotels and fly drive holidays.
Virgin said the region is a key focus for the airline and its expanded joint venture partners, with Delta Air Lines offering connections from Austin to 10 US cities: Seattle, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Raleigh Durham, JFK.
Its partner KLM is also launching a three-times-weekly service from Amsterdam to Austin on March 28, 2022.
Virgin’s flights are on sale now with return Economy fares starting from £409pp, Premium from £711pp and Upper Class from £1,711pp.