When flight VS125 took off to San Francisco yesterday it marked the beginning of our increased flying programme from Manchester Airport. With new routes to San Francisco, Boston and New York our Manchester customers are now connected with some of the world’s greatest cities.
To mark the occasion, our Chief Commercial Officer, Shai Weiss, along with Minister for International Trade Greg Hands and Manchester Airport Group’s CEO Charlie Cornish greeted guests before departure. They were joined by more than 20 tech leaders from the north of England who are visiting Silicon Valley on a trade mission, which is set to give the sector a boost thanks to the new direct link between the two cities
In the same way that more frequent links between New York and London gave rise to the notion of NY-Lon, ‘Man-Fran’ is expected to have a significant impact on the Northwest region. Operating three times weekly, our Manchester-San Francisco flights will not only be a boom for business customers, they also connect the region with one of the world’s most famous ‘must see’ cities and landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf. Virgin Atlantic are the first ever carrier to provide direct services between Manchester and the northern Californian city.
Speaking at Manchester Airport Shai Weiss, commented;
“We’ve been flying out of Manchester for over 20 years and today marks our biggest ever route expansion from the city. We want to offer our customers the best possible service to places they want to travel , so this summer, we’ll have over 25% more seats out of the city than last year, firmly cementing our commitment to Manchester and the northern powerhouse.”
In addition to San Francisco, a new route from Manchester to the historic city of Boston starts today (29 April). Our other new flight, a direct connection between the northern powerhouse and JFK New York, starts in May.
Along with our joint venture partner, Delta Air Lines, we now fly 21 routes from the UK which connect to over 200 destinations in the U.S.A.