Virgin Atlantic To Withdraw From Narita-heathrow Route

LONDON, Sept 4 (Bernama) -- Virgin Atlantic Airways will end services on its route between Narita International Airport near Tokyo and London Heathrow Airport as part of a review of its flights.

The final flight from Heathrow to Narita will depart on Jan 31, 2015 and the final Heathrow-bound flight from Narita on Feb 1, Japan's Jiji Press news agency reports the British carrier as saying.

Virgin Atlantic will also pull the plug on its route connecting Heathrow and Mumbai, India in February next year and the Heathrow-Vancouver route in October this year.

The airline will instead beef up its services linking Britain and the US partly by setting up a new route between Heathrow and Detroit, and increasing flights on routes connecting Heathrow with New York and Los Angeles.

"Transatlantic flying has always been at the heart of our network and our most financially successful region," Virgin Atlantic chief executive Craig Kreeger said in a statement.

"Our ambition is to be profitable for the long term, earn competitive returns and invest those into providing the very best experience for our customers on the routes they most want to fly," Kreeger said.


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