LONDON – Virgin Atlantic earlier today confirmed that it would return to London Gatwick after an 18-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A company spokesperson for the airline confirmed this news, emphasizing the airline’s relationship with the airport since 1984.
“We maintain our ambition to rebuild our presence at Gatwick as demand returns, revisiting a long, close and successful relationship with the airport, beginning with our maiden flight from Gatwick in 1984″.
“As travel restrictions are eased in further markets, we continue to see growing consumer confidence.”
This may not come as any surprise, especially with the battling taking place between Heathrow Airport and the airline, as well as British Airways and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
It is understood that Heathrow Airport is “back at its old tricks” by “using its dominant market position to enrich shareholders at the expense of travelers, airlines and the UK’s economy”.
These comments were made in response to the airport’s decision to increase fees by a staggering 90%, as the airport struggles to acquire the funds necessary to take itself through the recovery of the pandemic.
If discussions with Heathrow Airport falter, then it projects more of a case to continue operations out of London Gatwick in protest, as the airport would be more than happy to house them once again.