Virgin responds to strong demand for USA

Virgin Atlantic is increasing services between the UK and both Las Vegas and Orlando.


To meet what the airline says is ‘high demand’ for travel to the two destinations, services will begin to increase from late summer 2016. There will be additional flights from Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow airports, which together will add almost 35,000 extra return seats.

Those in Scotland will have more choice when flying to the Sunshine State, with the current seasonal services to Orlando being extended so that a weekly service is available until the end of November 2016 and from the start of March 2017.

The current seasonal service between Manchester and Las Vegas will continue to the end of November 2016, with two services a week, and will re-start as a weekly service from the beginning of March 2017, with a second service added in April as normal.

And during September and October 2016, Virgin Atlantic will increase frequency on its Gatwick-Las Vegas route with two extra services a week being flown on Monday and Wednesdays.

There will also be increased frequency between Gatwick and Orlando, with up to 18 flights a week. In late July 2016 and throughout August 2016 the airline will add three extra services a week from Gatwick to Orlando, operating on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

American has big plans for Los Angeles

American Airlines is planning a major expansion of its services out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

American Airlines

Up to 20 new daily flights are planned to key U.S destinations, along with improved infrastructure at the airport which will see the building of two new gates and the hiring of 200 additional workers to support the expansion.

Nine of the flights will be new routes for American at LAX, including services to Delta Air Lines' hubs in Seattle and Minneapolis/Saint Paul.

Other new year-round daily routes include New Orleans, Kansas City and Hartford. American will also fly seasonal services to Anchorage, Durango, Colorado, and Jackson Hole.

In all, the new routes represent a 10% increase in flights to an average 220 departures a day. American is the largest airline at Los Angeles - but only by a small margin. Competition between the big two is heating up at LAX; American has a 20% share, just ahead of Delta's 18%.