Virgin Atlantic stopping flights between Dubai and London Heathrow

The airline will withdraw the route on March 31 next year

Virgin Atlantic has announced it is stopping flights between Dubai and London Heathrow.

The airline will withdraw the route on March 31 next year, meaning no more of that famous purple mood lighting on those trips home.

The airline has been running flights between the UK and UAE since 2006, so it's the end of an era for frequent fliers.

Virgin Atlantic said that it is stopping the route because of a "combination of external factors" that mean it is "no longer economically viable".

Fortunately, new bookings will still be available until the last flight – so if you're keen to experience the service, now is your chance.

Shai Weiss, chief commercial officer for Virgin Atlantic, said: “It‘s never an easy decision to withdraw a route, and we’d like to thank our customers and dedicated team in Dubai for their loyalty over the past 12 years.

“We’ll continue to offer daily flights between Dubai and London Heathrow until March 31 2019, and will be sad to say goodbye to this fantastic city.”

Last month, Royal Brunei Airlines announced that it too was halting flights between Dubai and London Heathrow.

It was a blow for many travellers from the UAE, for whom the carrier has been a reliable, and often much more affordable option for travelling to London.
For more information, visit virginatlantic.com.

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