Flights between Heathrow and the North West will begin next spring using leased aircraft, Mr Ridgway said. Mr Ridgway insisted that air travel was a "different market" from rail services between Manchester and London.
"Virgin Atlantic has obviously provided great competition over the years internationally on the long-haul routes and this is about redressing that as part of the process of making sure that BA doesn't become a monopolist on all the routes bmi used to fly."
ITV Meridian reports exclusively on how experts from the South strip-out and re-fit Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 747 fleet.Read the full story ›
Virgin Atlantic is refitting seven 747 aircraft that fly from Gatwick to destinations including Orlando, Las Vegas and the Caribbean. The carrier will spend more than £50 million “sprucing up”, with 125 people working for 95,000 hours to instal 32,000 new parts.
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Sir Richard was in Vancouver to see the arrival of Virgin Atlantic Airways's new service to Canada - the 32nd route operated by the Gatwick-based airline. The A340-300 plane includes new technology that allows passengers to make mobile calls and send texts from their own phones.
Virgin Atlantic has said the emergency landing of one of its planes at Gatwick Airport happened because of a series of alarms mid-flight.Read the full story ›
Virgin Atlantic have said that a "a number of alarms being triggered in-flight" led to an aeroplane heading for the USA to return to Gatwick for an emergency landing on Monday. Passengers and crew had to use chutes to exit the aircraft. Fifteen people were injured during the evacuation.