Branson's Virgin launches first domestic flights today

The start of the new services gives Sir Richard Branson another chance to take on his arch rival BA - this time over UK skies. Credit: PA

Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic starts its first domestic services today.

Known as Little Red, the new service begins with a Manchester to Heathrow flight this morning, kicking off a four-times-a-day service between the two airports.

Next Friday a six-daily Heathrow-Edinburgh service begins, followed by thrice-daily Heathrow-Aberdeen flights from April 9.

Virgin is starting domestic services after take-off and landing slots at Heathrow were made available following the takeover of carrier bmi by British Airways parent company IAG.