Virgin Atlantic Says Lagos – London International Flights To Resume In September
In a statement released over the weekend, giant airline company, Virgin Atlantic has revealed that it will resume international flights from Lagos to London, on 10th September 2020.
The British airline had been one of the worst-hit companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its troubles came mainly from the fact that the travel and tourism sector was effectively strangled during the about five months of global lockdown and restrictions.
Towards the end of April 2020, the Federal government of Nigerian banned all international flights. The same move was being put into effect worldwide. Although, at the time, it seemed as if the ban would only last for a few days.
However, in May 2020, it became obvious that since the coronavirus was not going anywhere, the ban would stay intact. Virgin Atlantic had announced that it would lay off more than 3,000 employees on 5th May 2020.
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The worse was yet to come for the airline. On 5th August 2020, Virgin Atlantic filed for bankruptcy. But things seem to be looking good for it now.
In announcing that its international flights from Lagos to London will resume on 10th September 2020, Virgin Atlantic revealed its health plans. Its staff will put a check-in process in place to safeguard passengers and crew members.
It will also disinfect all its aircraft and ensure safe distancing during all its flights. Passengers will get personal health packs as well and food will come in trays to each seat. A PUNCH report claims, quoting the Commercial Manager of Virgin Atlantic, Justin Bell, that it will be using the company’s new A350-1000 aircraft for the Lagos – London flights.
Virgin Atlantic had introduced the A350-1000 late in 2019 and many of them have not been used because of the pandemic. Thus, many passengers flying to London from Lagos via the airline may be doing so in a new aircraft.
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