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Virgin Atlantic 'has fought hard for right to fly short haul'

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 Atlantic chief executive Steve Ridgway

Virgin to start flights between Heathrow and Scotland

  • 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.


Virgin to offer domestic flights from Heathrow

Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic is poised to begin new domestic services from Heathrow Airport starting from March 2013.

Virgin Atlantic is poised to begin new domestic services from Heathrow Airport Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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.

Virgin: 'Country can't afford to duck airport capacity any longer'

Virgin Atlantic has called on the Government to make a decision on airport capacity after Number 10 insisted there was no third runway to be built at Heathrow.

Heathrow is full. The country can’t afford for the issue of airport capacity to be ducked any longer.

The Government needs to develop a long-term credible aviation policy and fast. In every other leading country, aviation is expanding and is injecting much needed growth across the wider economy.

– Virgin Atlantic Spokesperson

Virgin plane to return to service after emergency landing

The Virgin Atlantic plane that was forced to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport last week has been examined and has been certified for a return to service.

A spokesman for Virgin Atlantic said: "The investigation identified that a number of alarms were triggered in flight, in response to which our flight crew took positive action in line with procedures by returning to Gatwick and completing an evacuation of the aircraft.

“The flight crew and cabin crew followed safety procedures at all times and carried out their duties in a professional manner to ensure the safety of our passengers was maintained throughout the flight and during the evacuation."

Privacy lawyer: 'this could be the tip of the iceberg'

Privacy lawyer Gerald Shamash has told the Guardian that the allegations a Virgin Atlantic employee passed on information about eight celebrities is "extremely worrying" and "this could be the tip of the iceberg".

Mr Shamash also said advance knowledge of the whereabouts of celebrities was the "bread and butter" of life as a picture agency or tabloid newspaper.

"Once it has these details, the agency does one or two things: it keeps [the information] to sell it or phones a newspaper to say this person has gone to Los Angeles. It's a symbiotic relationship with newspapers."


Jermaine Defoe spokeswoman: 'This is a serious breach of privacy'

Jermaine Defoe is one of eight celebrities who detailed were allegedly passed to a paparazzi agency Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Reacting to the allegations that an employee at Virgin Atlantic passed the flight details of eight celebrities including the footballer Jermaine Defoe to a paparazzi agency, a spokeswoman for the footballer said:

"This is a serious breach of privacy. We'll be consulting with our lawyers and investigating the matter further."

Celebrities pictured after alleged flight leaks

Virgin Atlantic sources told The Guardian that four of the eight celebrities whose flight details were allegedly leaked to a paparazzi firm, flew on the dates given by the airline employee.

Sienna Miller pictured during a photocall in Venice in 2005 Credit: Reuters

Ashley Cole and Sienna Miller were pictured in Heathrow and Los Angeles respectively, on the dates allegedly provided. The other four celebrities are believed to have cancelled their flights.

Miller's flight details allegedly among those leaked to paparazzi

Sienna Miller's details were allegedly passed on to a paparazzi firm Credit: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A Virgin Atlantic employee has quit after allegedly passing on eight celebrities details to a global paparazzi firm, according to The Guardian.

Cheryl Cole's details were allegedly passed on to a paparazzi firm Credit: Reuters

The celebrities included actresses Sienna Miller and Gwyneth Paltrow, footballer Ashley Cole and his former wife and singer Cheryl.

Virgin Atlantic 'concerned' over alleged celebrity flight details leak

Virgin Atlantic said they are "deeply concerned" by reports that eight celebrities flight details may have been passed on to a paparazzi agency by a former employee.

The allegations that have been raised are extremely serious and we have launched an immediate investigation.

The security of customer information is our highest priority and we have robust processes in place to ensure that passenger information is protected. The incident that has been alleged concerns eight customers’ flights booked in 2010 and we are in contact with all of those people.

It is too early to draw conclusions on this matter but of course we would deeply regret any concern that these allegations may cause the individuals involved.”

– Virgin Atlantic spokesperson
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