Virgin Atlantic delays launch of São Paulo service until 2025

Virgin Atlantic has delayed the launch of its new Heathrow-São Paulo service for the second time.

The airline announced in June it was relaunching the route after the initial launch in 2020 was pushed back because of the Covid pandemic.

The daily service was due to begin on May 13, 2024 after flights went on sale in September.

However, the airline has today announced the launch has been postponed until summer 2025 following “a review of our upcoming flying programme”.

Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We regularly review our network to ensure it’s as strong and efficient as possible.

“Following a review of our upcoming flying programme for 2024, we will be moving the start of our highly anticipated São Paulo services to 2025.”

He added: “We remain committed to flying to Brazil and look forward to welcoming our business and leisure travellers on board.”

Virgin Atlantic’s customer care teams will be in contact with any affected customers to discuss their options, which include rebooking or a full refund, said the airline.

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