Virgin Atlantic is launching new direct services to Austin, the capital of the Lonestar state of Texas. The move represents the first new route to the US since 2015 from the carrier.
The four times a week service will launch on May 25, 2022 and will operate on the Bowing 787-9 aircraft, with 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Class and Light seats.
Austin is the fourth most populated city in the state of Texas and is brands itself as the “live music capital of the world,” renowned for its art and foodie scene as well as a wide range of outdoors activities.
To capitalize on the increased leisure tourism to the region, Virgin Atlantic Holidays will be launching a holiday portfolio in Austin and throughout Texas including hotels and fly drive holidays.
This booming region is a key focus for Virgin Atlantic and its expanded joint venture partners, with Delta Air Lines offering connections from Austin to ten US cities, Seattle, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Raleigh Durham and JFK.
KLM also looks forward to launching three-times weekly services from Amsterdam to Austin on March 28th offering even more choice for customers both side of the Atlantic to connect between the US and Europe.
Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “We are incredibly excited to launch this new service to Austin, Texas.
“With an impressive food, arts and music scene, we know it’s a destination our customers will love to explore.”
Virgin Atlantic will also offer 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on each Austin flight. This fast cargo service will offer new opportunities for companies looking to export and import goods such as high-tech products and e-commerce between prime markets in the UK and US.
Flights go on sale from today (January 12), with return Economy fares starting from £409 per person.