Virgin Atlantic have announced that they will relaunch direct flights from London Heathrow to Mumbai on the 27th October 2019.
The flight will be a daily service, operated by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Flight times will be as follows:
Heathrow (LHR) – Mumbai (BOM) departing at 10:15, arrives 00:40
Mumbai (BOM) – Heathrow (LHR) departing at 02:55, arrives 07:35
Virgin already operates daily flights between London and Delhi, so this is positive news for regular travellers to that part of the world.
How to redeem miles for Virgin’s new Mumbai flights
Assuming the new route will use the same pricing as Virgin’s flights to Delhi, this will be the cost of redeeming Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles:
Prices are for return flights
Economy – 20,000/40,000 miles
Premium – 35,000/40,000 miles
Upper Class – 75,000/95,000 miles
Juha Jarvinen, Executive Vice President, Commercial, at Virgin Atlantic, had this to say;
“2019 marks a significant period of growth for Virgin Atlantic and I’m delighted that we’re continuing to expand our route network once more, by returning to Mumbai. Until recently we’ve been able to serve this important market through our partnership with Jet Airways, however, since Jet Airways has sadly suspended its operation, we now have an opportunity to provide alternative options for our customers and meet this demand.”
“Combined with our long-standing route to Delhi, we’re able to provide travellers even more opportunity to experience our award winning service between the UK and India. Not only are we providing an increased offering to the thriving Indian market, but together with our partners at Delta, we can offer unrivalled choice and more seamless connections to the USA via Heathrow Airport.”
As I mentioned when I posted this news on the Tricks of the Trade Facebook page – this represents another pleasing announcement from Virgin Atlantic. Following route cut after route cut in recent years, Mumbai becomes the third new route announced in the last four months, with Tel Aviv and São Paulo already confirmed.
Tickets for the new London-Mumbai route go on sale on Tuesday 28th May 2019.
What do you make of this latest Virgin Atlantic route announcement?
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