Virgin announces new service between London and Vancouver
VIRGIN Atlantic, is to start a new service to the Canadian city of Vancouver, it was announced today.
Virgin will begin four-times-a-week flights between Heathrow and Vancouver, on Canada's west coast, on May 24 next year.
The airline also announced that it was starting a second Heathrow-San Francisco service which will operate three times a week, starting on March 26.
Virgin Atlantic estimates that the new route and increased frequency has the potential to create up to 430 jobs in aviation and tourism in both Vancouver and San Francisco.
The announcement comes after Virgin expressed its opposition to last week's announcement that the parent company of its arch-rival British Airways was, subject to approval, taking over BMI, formerly British Midland Airways.
Virgin, which says it still wants to take over BMI itself, says a BA victory in the takeover battle would give BA an even stronger share of the take-off and landing slots at Heathrow.