Virgin launches UK flights

Virgin Atlantic is set to launch its first domestic service, flying passengers between London and Manchester. Chief executive Steve Ridgway said the move was in response to the takeover of bmi by British Airways' parent company.

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Virgin to compete with BA on domestic flights

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."

– Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive Virgin Atlantic Airways

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