Residents of Scotland could soon benefit from lower fares for domestic flights to London, following the news that Virgin Atlantic has been awarded all of the available short-haul slots from the capital’s Heathrow airport.
Currently, British Airways is the only carrier connecting Heathrow with Scotland. Parent company International Airlines Group was forced to surrender the slots previously held by bmi when it acquired the airline.
Richard Branson’s airline is pleased about the increased options the decision will give passengers. "Passengers can look forward to a great short-haul service with us but most importantly reap the benefits from the re-injection of vital competition we can provide on these routes," the airline’s CEO, Steve Ridgeway, said.
He also noted that the airline had "fought hard" to fly short-haul. The recent announcement follows Virgin’s statement in August, when it revealed that it will add a Manchester-London Heathrow service in March, 2013.