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#960935 by flyingfox
22 May 2021, 11:00
Bobby_Ham wrote:I suspect that VS aren't expecting the US to be open for business any time soon. Our return flight on VS8 from LAX at the end of July has been cancelled and we've been put on the 24 that's currently operating as a freighter. On the plus side its enough of a change to trigger a refund if we want one but it's a shame that it doesn't look like we'll be going.


VS are continuing to make tweaks as per one of the lines in yesterday’s trade bulletin;

“We are also making some frequency updates for May, June and July on selected routes. “
#960936 by mitchja
22 May 2021, 12:19
Without any notification, I now have a completely unworkable connection for a DL>VS flight in July. I was supposed to be connecting via JFK coming back from BOS but VS have switched me from the VS10 to the VS26 out of JFK which departs ~10hours before the BOS>JFK DL flight arrives!!
#960942 by David
22 May 2021, 17:38
An update for anyone in Scotland (with no app)

Get you user name off your initial vaccination appointment letter
Go to http://vacs.nhs.scot
Follow instructions and it gives you either your second date or certificate with your vaccinations recorded on it

Am hoping this will even transfer to an app with a QR code which will be able to be scanned at the airport.

David.
#960943 by Bobby_Ham
22 May 2021, 20:20
Tigerlilly wrote:Please May I ask your date and route? I thought they’d only cancelled usa leisure flights up to end of June?


We were flying LAX-LHR on VS8 on July 28th, as I said now bumped to the much later VS24 the same day. I've not done any test bookings but I suspect the plan is just to leave the one LAX 23/24 rotation in the system. Whether it continues to operate as it does now or will have "normal" passenger loads is the question. Either way I think we'll get our money and miles refunded and look to plan again for next year.
#960991 by flyingfox
28 May 2021, 12:37
Weekly update from VS Trade;

As a result of the dynamic and fast-moving travel environment, we continue to make schedule changes which will affect our Flying Programme for the coming weeks.
We are reducing frequencies on several routes and to ensure impacted passengers can continue with their travel plans, they will be reprotected to the most suitable alternative departure.
Where a flight is cancelled, and due to limited operations to these destinations, there will be no reprotection option available,

The following flights are cancelled:
Cancellations. Effective Until and including

USA
LHR-SEA-LHR 30 June
LHR-SFO-LHR 30 June

South Africa
LHR-JNB-LHR. 17 June

Pakistan
MAN-ISB-MAN. 30 June

China
LHR-PVG-LHR. 18 June

During June we plan to maintain operations on the following routes, subject to late changes:

Operating. Frequency

Caribbean
LHR-BGI-LHR 1-22 June, 2 per week/23-30 June, 4 per week
LHR-MBJ-LHR 3 per week
LHR-ANU-LHR 3 per week

USA
LHR-ATL-LHR. 1-21 June, 3 per week/22-30 June, 4 per week
LHR-BOS-LHR. 1-21 June, 2 per week/22-30 June, 4 per week
LHR-JFK-LHR. 14 per week
LHR-LAX-LHR. 7 per week
LHR-MIA-LHR. 1-20 June, 2 per week/21-30 June, 4 per week

India
BOM-LHR 1-6 June, 3 per week/7-30 June, 2 per week
LHR-DEL. 1 flight on 7 June
DEL-LHR only 1-8 June, 2 per week/9-30 June, 3 per week

Pakistan
LHR-LHE-LHR. 3 per week
LHR-ISB. 2 per week
ISB-LHR. 3 per week

Hong Kong
LHR-HKG. 3 per week
HKG-LHR. 4 per week

Nigeria
LHR-LOS-LHR. 7 per week

Israel
LHR-TLV-LHR. 7 per week
#960993 by 747G-VXLG
28 May 2021, 18:00
flyingfox wrote:Weekly update from VS Trade;

As a result of the dynamic and fast-moving travel environment, we continue to make schedule changes which will affect our Flying Programme for the coming weeks.
We are reducing frequencies on several routes and to ensure impacted passengers can continue with their travel plans, they will be reprotected to the most suitable alternative departure.
Where a flight is cancelled, and due to limited operations to these destinations, there will be no reprotection option available,

The following flights are cancelled:
Cancellations. Effective Until and including

USA
LHR-SEA-LHR 30 June
LHR-SFO-LHR 30 June

South Africa
LHR-JNB-LHR. 17 June

Pakistan
MAN-ISB-MAN. 30 June

China
LHR-PVG-LHR. 18 June

During June we plan to maintain operations on the following routes, subject to late changes:

Operating. Frequency

Caribbean
LHR-BGI-LHR 1-22 June, 2 per week/23-30 June, 4 per week
LHR-MBJ-LHR 3 per week
LHR-ANU-LHR 3 per week

USA
LHR-ATL-LHR. 1-21 June, 3 per week/22-30 June, 4 per week
LHR-BOS-LHR. 1-21 June, 2 per week/22-30 June, 4 per week
LHR-JFK-LHR. 14 per week
LHR-LAX-LHR. 7 per week
LHR-MIA-LHR. 1-20 June, 2 per week/21-30 June, 4 per week

India
BOM-LHR 1-6 June, 3 per week/7-30 June, 2 per week
LHR-DEL. 1 flight on 7 June
DEL-LHR only 1-8 June, 2 per week/9-30 June, 3 per week

Pakistan
LHR-LHE-LHR. 3 per week
LHR-ISB. 2 per week
ISB-LHR. 3 per week

Hong Kong
LHR-HKG. 3 per week
HKG-LHR. 4 per week

Nigeria
LHR-LOS-LHR. 7 per week

Israel
LHR-TLV-LHR. 7 per week


Has anything been mentioned about when the MAN-USA routes are restarting?
#960995 by 747G-VXLG
28 May 2021, 23:59
flyingfox wrote:No nothing on the trade site yet, best guess they are waiting for the next travel review expected on the 7th June.


Hopefully we will finally get some travel announcements then that will actually benefit Virgin!
#960997 by flyingfox
29 May 2021, 13:13
leemair23 wrote:Have the updated frequencies been put online? Miami is now two per week for the whole of June and no increased frequency from June 21st as it said in the release.


They are updating the systems over the weekend according to a line on the trade advice issued yesterday.
#961000 by flyingfox
29 May 2021, 17:16
Grant Shapps has written in the Telegraph today an interesting development that if the science allows, fully vaccinated passengers flying back to the U.K from Green list countries will not require a negative PCR test, this change if approved would be considered in the 28th June travel review.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/20 ... countries/
#961013 by flyingfox
02 Jun 2021, 11:01
I think this is the first time our PM has made noises about encouraging US Pres Biden to open up some kind of “Travel Corridor” between the 2 countries. Bullet points from behind the firewall;

“Boris Johnson hopes that President Biden will agree to exempt vaccinated British and American travellers from quarantine restrictions.”

“They will meet at the G7 summit in Cornwall, which begins next week, and Johnson will push for a quarantine-free air corridor with the US.”

“Under one set of proposals, discussed with officials in Washington and Whitehall, people from the US who had received both jabs would not have to self-isolate on arrival here, even if the US was placed on the red list or remained on the amber list.”

“Plans circulated within government refer to a “green channel” being set up for “fully vaccinated individuals”.

“The UK is hoping that people who want to holiday in the US would be given similar exemptions.”

” The deal would be the first arrangement allowing vaccinated travellers preferential treatment by the UK and would be a diplomatic coup.

Discussions took place at the weekend and Matt Hancock, the health secretary, will meet Xavier Becerra, his US counterpart, in Oxford alongside other G7 health ministers tomorrow.

Officials involved in the talks fear that the US administration, whose official policy is still to discourage all international travel, has serious reservations about a bilateral deal.

US officials have made clear to their British counterparts in Washington that any immediate deal is unlikely.

Senior figures in the Biden administration have also made clear to UK ministers that the White House is wary as giving privileges to UK travellers could leave the president vulnerable to international criticism.

His cabinet fears that prioritising a deal with the UK, another wealthy nation with a successful vaccine programme, would send the wrong message to the international community.

As of last week more than half of US adults are fully vaccinated.

Officials have told ministers that granting special dispensation to vaccinated Americans would risk undermining the government’s messaging on international travel restrictions.

The only way for British travellers to get to the US at the moment, unless they have certain visas, is by staying for two weeks in a safe third country.”


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bori ... -8ghxnrb6q
#961016 by VS075
02 Jun 2021, 12:14
flyingfox wrote:Grant Shapps has written in the Telegraph today an interesting development that if the science allows, fully vaccinated passengers flying back to the U.K from Green list countries will not require a negative PCR test, this change if approved would be considered in the 28th June travel review.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/20 ... countries/


This is a potential game-changer for international travel to/from green list countries and goes beyond my earlier suggestion of reporting a negative lateral flow test result if arriving from a green list country.

flyingfox wrote:I think this is the first time our PM has made noises about encouraging US Pres Biden to open up some kind of “Travel Corridor” between the 2 countries. Bullet points from behind the firewall;


The key quote (and one that probably dashes hope for those wanting to go to the USA this summer) is this: -

"US officials have made clear to their British counterparts in Washington that any immediate deal is unlikely."

That said, anything can change in the coming weeks and months.
#961045 by flyingfox
04 Jun 2021, 16:39
Fridays update from VS Trade;

The following flights are cancelled

Cancellations Effective until and including

USA
LHR-SEA-LHR. 30 June
LHR-SFO-LHR. 30 June
MAN-JFK-MAN. 30 June

Caribbean
LHR-ANU-LHR. 23 June
MAN-BGI-MAN. 30 June

South Africa
LHR-JNB-LHR. 24 June

Pakistan
MAN-ISB-MAN. July

China
LHR-PVG-LHR. 25 June
#961049 by 747G-VXLG
04 Jun 2021, 22:29
flyingfox wrote:Fridays update from VS Trade;

The following flights are cancelled

Cancellations Effective until and including

USA
LHR-SEA-LHR. 30 June
LHR-SFO-LHR. 30 June
MAN-JFK-MAN. 30 June

Caribbean
LHR-ANU-LHR. 23 June
MAN-BGI-MAN. 30 June

South Africa
LHR-JNB-LHR. 24 June

Pakistan
MAN-ISB-MAN. July

China
LHR-PVG-LHR. 25 June


Thanks for the updates.
Disappointing news again. Some of these routes clearly should have been moved to the green list, there was no reason for them not to be moved.
#961062 by mitchja
06 Jun 2021, 11:53
I've just phoned VS to covert a flight voucher into a new booking. Very straight forward, completely and utterly painless. Phones answered in under 10 minutes. New flights booked and viewable online / via the app and now just waiting to be re-ticketed. All done in under 15 minutes :cool:

VS WhatsApp is getting on my nerves now with those bot automatic responses it now throws out at you.
#961063 by mitchja
06 Jun 2021, 13:45
No idea if there is anything in this, but having just booked a car park at MAN for the above trip in Nov, the PurpleParking website is stating that MAN T2 opens again 01/07/2021?

Edit to add - the MAN airport website also states the following message about car parking:

All T2 West bookings to go to T1 Multi Storey Car Park before June 30

Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport is currently closed until June 30, 2021.

As a result, before June 30, all T2 West bookings should go to the T1 Multi Storey Car Park.
#961065 by 747G-VXLG
06 Jun 2021, 16:49
mitchja wrote:No idea if there is anything in this, but having just booked a car park at MAN for the above trip in Nov, the PurpleParking website is stating that MAN T2 opens again 01/07/2021?

Edit to add - the MAN airport website also states the following message about car parking:

All T2 West bookings to go to T1 Multi Storey Car Park before June 30

Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport is currently closed until June 30, 2021.

As a result, before June 30, all T2 West bookings should go to the T1 Multi Storey Car Park.


Does this mean the clubhouse is opening on 1st July?
#961095 by flyingfox
11 Jun 2021, 15:07
Fridays update from VS Trade;

The following flights are cancelled

Cancellations Effective until and including

USA
LHR-MCO-LHR. 14 July
MAN-MCO-MAN. 14 July
LHR-SFO-LHR. 14 July
LHR-LAS-LHR. 17 July
MAN-ATL-MAN. 16 July
MAN-JFK-MAN. 15 July
MAN-LAX-MAN. 16 July

Caribbean
LHR-GND-LHR. 15 July
LHR-TAB-LHR. 6 Oct
LHR-HAV-LHR. 30 Sep
MAN-BGI-MAN. 13 July

Pakistan
MAN-ISB-MAN. 16 July

We’re delighted to let you know that we will resume operating return passenger flights between London Heathrow and Johannesburg on 24 June 3 x weekly and London Heathrow and Antigua from 23 June 1 x weekly.
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