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Virgin and Flybe deal makes long-haul travel from Scotland easier

Virgin Atlantic and Flybe airlines are set to improve long-haul travel for travellers from Scottish airports with the latest extension of their flight codeshare deal, which will see passengers from Glasgow airport connect directly onto transatlantic Virgin flights from Manchester.

Virgin and Flybe deal makes long-haul travel from Scotland easier

Long-haul travel from Scotland just got easier thanks to a new partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Flybe. The two airlines have extended their existing flight codeshare deal to include Flybe’s Glasgow to Manchester route, so that passengers from Scotland can transfer directly onto Virgin’s long-haul flights from Manchester.

As part of the codeshare agreement, passengers can travel on one boarding pass and will only need to check their bags once.

Tickets are now available from Glasgow airport to all of Virgin’s transatlantic destinations served from Manchester airport, including the Caribbean island of Barbados, and US cities New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Boston.

Virgin Atlantic’s chief commercial officer, Shai Weiss, said:

“Last year was the biggest ever for our Scottish customers, as we ran our longest ever season of direct flights to Orlando. In 2018 we’re taking our Scottish travel offering one step further.

“Thanks to our extended partnership with Flybe, holidaymakers from Glasgow can now take advantage of our entire Manchester route network, meaning more flights to the USA and Caribbean than ever before.”

Flybe’s chief commercial officer, Roy Kinnear, also welcomed the new deal:

“We are delighted that this latest extension of our valued codeshare partnership with Virgin will bring even more of the world closer to Scotland travellers.

“It gives both airlines increased network reach and reinforces our commitment to provide our customers with convenient seamless ‘One Stop to the World’ connections from their local airport.”

Virgin Atlantic and Flybe first announced their partnership last year with a codeshare pact covering Flybe’s Edinburgh and Aberdeen to London Heathrow routes, enabling passengers to connect straight onto Virgin Atlantic flights. Virgin Atlantic offers flights from London Heathrow to: Atlanta, Boston, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lagos, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai and Washington.

Flybe operates numerous domestic flights connecting UK airports including Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham and Newcastle, as well as international flights to short-haul destinations across Europe.

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