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Virgin Atlantic wants to launch Jersey-Heathrow route

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VIRGIN Atlantic has announced plans to fly to 84 new destinations from Heathrow, including Jersey and Guernsey, after a third runway is opened.

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The airline said the transformation of its route network depended on how many additional take-off and landing slots it obtains when the UK’s busiest airport is expanded.

Chief executive Shai Weiss said that the west London hub has been dominated by British Airways’ parent company IAG ‘for far too long’.

Twelve of the 84 new destinations Virgin Atlantic plans to serve from Heathrow are in the UK or Channel Islands.

They are Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Exeter, Guernsey, Glasgow, Inverness, Liverpool, Jersey, Manchester, Newcastle and Newquay.

Virgin Atlantic’s planned 35 new long-haul routes include airports in North and South America, Asia and Africa.

A report commissioned by the airline found IAG holds 55% of Heathrow slots.

Virgin Atlantic intends to compete on 26 routes where it says IAG has a monopoly.

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