UK airline Virgin Atlantic will resume passenger operations with services to Orlando, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York JFK and Los Angeles from London Heathrow Airport in the UK.

The services will resume from 20 and 21 July.

This measure follows the gradual restart of operations and the relaxation of Covid-19 travel restrictions by other countries.

From 20 July, Virgin Atlantic plans to resume some routes and steadily increase the services.

Virgin Atlantic chief commercial officer Juha Jarvinen said: “Our planned first flights will be to Orlando and Hong Kong on the 20 July, however, we are monitoring external conditions extremely closely, in particular the travel restrictions many countries have in place, including the 14-day quarantine policy for travellers entering the UK.

“We know that as the Covid-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recovery. Therefore, we are calling for a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, which will allow for a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses. We are planning to announce more destination restart dates in the next two weeks for the month of August.”

The operations will be carried out from Terminal 2 of London Heathrow Airport. It will resume its services from Terminal 3 once the terminal reopens, as it was closed due to reduced demand.

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In order to safeguard the health and safety of its staff and passengers, Virgin Atlantic has implemented different safety measures such as increased cleaning practices at check in, boarding gates and on board.

Passengers and staff will have to adhere to social distancing rules and must wear masks.

The airline will supply a personal health pack that will include medical grade face masks, surface wipes and hand gel.

The passengers will be provided with simplified food onboard to reduce the contact.

Last month, Heathrow Airport started trialling thermal screening technology to check the temperatures of arriving passengers.

Virgin Atlantic decided to cut 3,150 jobs across all functions to help emerge from the coronavirus crisis.