Virgin Atlantic Ends Hong Kong Route After 30 Years
Virgin Atlantic has announced it is permanently pulling out of Hong Kong after 30 years, cancelling all flights from London Heathrow into the city-state. The airlines is canceling flights and closing its offices in the Asian financial hub.
Virgin Atlantic quoted several factors contributing to the decision, including the closure of Russian airspace, which adds up to two hours to its flights. The news comes as Hong Kong recently got rid of mandatory quarantine for all visitors.
“After careful consideration we’ve taken the difficult decision to suspend our London Heathrow — Hong Kong services and close our Hong Kong office, after almost 30 years of proudly serving this Asian hub city,” it said in a statement.
Virgin Atlantic had halted flights to Hong Kong since December last year. The airline was previously due to resume Hong Kong services from March 2023. However, with today’s announcement, it said it would be able to increase services in other key markets from next summer.
Virgin Atlantic apologized for any inconvenience caused to affected customers.
Around 46 jobs, including those of office staff and cabin crew, are set to be impacted by the decision, according to The Standard.