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The immediate future of a main London to Scotland rail route - thrown into doubt following a botched franchise process - should become clearer today.
The Government is expected to announce that Sir Richard Branson's train company, Virgin Rail, can for a time carry on running trains on the West Coast Main Line.
It is believed Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin could also publish the independent report he commissioned when he was forced to scrap the West Coast franchise bidding process.
Scotland's Transport Minister Keith Brown said it was a welcome announcement for both passengers and the air industry.
He said: "We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Virgin Atlantic and the exciting connections they can offer with all the benefits that will bring for passengers, Scotland's aviation industry and the wider Scottish economy.
"The detail will be worked out over the next couple of weeks but we are pleased that the European Commission has taken note of the need for both Edinburgh and Aberdeen to be served and that Virgin Atlantic will now be able to operate from two of Scotland's most important cities."
The minister said he remained concerned about the lack of competition on the Glasgow to Heathrow service as a consequence of Bmi's withdrawal of the service last year.
Glasgow was not part of the remedies package considered by the European Commission.
– Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar
We're focused on providing Scotland with choice both in terms of routes and carriers whilst extending its reach across the world.
This new regular service does exactly that, giving choice to Heathrow and opening up a new set of onward destinations for our passengers.
We look forward to working with Steve Ridgway and his team over the coming months.
– Virgin Atlantic chief executive Steve Ridgway
We have fought hard for the right to fly short haul and take a strong challenge to BA within these shores.
For 28 years both airlines have battled for customers all over the world and it has meant that British consumers have ultimately had some of the world's best flying and lowest fares.
- Virgin plans to begin services on March 31 2013 and will primarily focus on multiple daily flights between Heathrow and Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
- The new routes, on which Virgin will compete with long-time rival British Airways, will complement the new Heathrow-Manchester route the airline is also introducing next year.
Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic is poised to begin new domestic services from Heathrow Airport starting from March 2013.
Virgin said today it had been offered short-haul take-off and landing slots available following the takeover of bmi by British Airways's parent company IAG.
I hear that the announcement on what happens next for West Coast Mainline will be next Monday, but will Virgin keep running it while the mess is cleared up?
Sir Richard Branson is determined to enjoy his favourite sports into his eighties and says his philosophy in life is to "dream big".
The 62-year-old Virgin tycoon was speaking before the start this morning of the Virgin Active triathlon in London, in which more than 14,000 people will swim, cycle and run around the capital over the course of the weekend.
As he prepared for what is described as the largest event of its kind in the world, the billionaire said that despite what people may think about his wealth and exciting life, his health and fitness meant everything to him.
"You can have everything you possibly want but if you don't have health and fitness you don't have anything," he said.
"I'm an enormous believer in setting yourself a challenge every year and trying to accomplish that challenge.
"I'm lucky my kids are of an age when we can do wonderful challenges together."
Sir Richard Branson's train company is set to lose its West Coast main line rail franchise in a Government decision which will spark a storm of protest.
In an imminent announcement, the Government is expected to say that transport giant FirstGroup has beaten Virgin Rail in the new-franchise battle to run the London to Scotland line.
It will mean an end to Virgin's 15 years of operating the line which has seen tilting, high-speed Pendolino trains serve such cities as Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow.
The West Coast carried around 13 million passengers a year in 1997. The annual total is now around 31 million.
'Allo 'Allo! French police turned up to arrest us after we completed the Channel kitesurf crossing http://t.co/83b9Nrst
Told police I thought anybody could swim in the sea! Luckily they had a sense of humour, let us off with a warning http://t.co/83b9Nrst