Following the introduction of travel restrictions at the majority of our destinations, we have had to scale back our flying schedule, cancelling many flights and suspending some routes. From Tuesday 24 March, we will be temporarily suspending our flights at Gatwick and will be operating all remaining London flights from Heathrow.
The last outbound Gatwick flights depart on Monday 23 March:
VS89 To St Lucia (UVF) and Grenada (GND)
VS29 To Barbados (BGI)
The last inbound flights into Gatwick land on Tuesday 24 March:
VS90 From Grenada (GND) and St Lucia (UVF)
VS30 From Barbados (BGI)
From Tuesday 24 March the following flights will now operate to/from Heathrow:
VS147/148 To Havana (HAV)
VS133/134 To Antigua (ANU)
If you are booked on either of these flights on/from Tuesday 24 March, be aware you will be flying from Heathrow Airport.
Please make sure you check in online
Head to Terminal 3 at Heathrow at least two hours before your scheduled departure time.
Departure and arrival times for your flights may also change. For the latest schedule and timings please use ourflight status
Thank you for bearing with us through this challenging time.
Sao Paulo service will now fly from 05 October 2020
Applies to VS tickets issued by 05 Mar 2020
Issued for passengers booked on SAO services between 29 March 2020 - 04 October 2020 that are due to be cancelled.
Rebook travel in the same booking class, or;
If original booking class isn’t available, re-book in the lowest available class in the same cabin
No additional collection or change fee will be charged
Re-booking with onward connections on other non-codeshare airlines;
Rebook in original class in the same cabin; If original booking class isn’t available, re-book in lowest available class in the same cabin.
Brazil point of sale - No additional collection or change fee will be charged
All other points of sale – No change fee will be charged but any fare difference applies
Re-booking with Codeshare partner GOL Airlines; If customer chooses to remain on GOL Airline connection, VS* must be cancelled and re-booked onto a GOL Airline flight.
Tickets must be re-issued on / before revised travel date
Re-protections onto Air France via Paris-Charles De Gaulle & KLM via Amsterdam
No additional collection or change fee will be charged
For direct re-protections, please call back on/after 12th March 2020
Refunds will be permitted.
If you have booked through a Travel agent or a third party, please contact them to discuss rebooking and refund options. If you have made your reservations directly with Virgin Atlantic, please contact our customer team via our SMS messaging system on +44 (0) 7481 339184 (UK), 97634 (from a US number) or WhatsApp 0344 874 7747.
M23 London Gatwick diversions in March
As part of the ongoing M23 Smart Motorway Project, the M23 will be closed for FIVE weekends. Work will begin on Friday 28 February and continue for the next four weekends.
For Gatwick Airport, traffic will be diverted off the motorway at Junction 10 and via A2011, A23 and Airport Way to reach the terminals. For the M25, traffic will follow the A264 and A22 to join the M25 at Junction 6 (Godstone).
The diversion route is expected to be very busy and delays should be expected in the local area. Passengers are advised to allow plenty of additional time for their journey and to consider alternative modes of transport where possible.
The final weekend, the closure direction will switch after 28 hours:
Northbound Junction 10 - Junction 8 closed from 21:00 on Friday 27 March to 01:00 on Sunday 29 March.
Southbound Junction 8 - Junction 10 closed from 01:00 Sunday 29 March to 05:00 Monday 30 March.
Changes to our ground transfer service
We are always evaluating our services to ensure they meet the needs of our customers. As the habits of our Upper Class customers change and the demand for complimentary ground transfer continues to decrease, we’ve made the decision to change how we offer this service.
In recent years, of the 20% of Upper Class customers that are eligible for a complimentary transfer, fewer than 50% choose to use one. For flight bookings made from 1st July 2020, we’ll no longer offer complimentary ground transfers as part of our Upper Class service. This includes chauffeur cars, limobikes and Heathrow and Gatwick Express tickets.
This change reflects evolving preferences and means we’ll be providing a consistent experience with our partners Delta, Air France and KLM. Customers will still be able to pay to pre-book a chauffeur car with us to take them to and from the airport.
We continue to invest heavily in our much-loved Upper Class product, focusing on what our customers have told us they want. We’ll be introducing eight further A350 aircraft in 2020 and 2021, so that more can experience the stunning A350 Upper Class suite and the new Loft area, as well as a brand new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Manchester this summer.
Upper Class and oversized baggage changes
We've made some changes to our baggage policy that will help make sure we’re offering the most streamlined experience possible when travelling with us and our partners.
For bookings made after 9th December
The free checked in bag allowance for Upper Class customers will be 2 bags (from 3)
The charge for any oversized baggage will be £200/$300 USD (from £65/$100)
Information about Virgin Atlantic flights after Brexit
The open skies agreement between the UK and US, agreed in November 2018, and existing bilateral air service agreements with other key markets, will ensure that our flights will continue to operate as normal, regardless of the future relationship agreed between the UK and EU
The ‘status quo’ transition period until 31st December 2020 will ensure that customers can continue to travel with confidence as the UK has left the EU. We have robust plans in place to keep our planes flying and our customers moving, so we don’t expect changes to our scheduled services.
We encourage all customers due to travel with us to check the details of their flight at www.virginatlantic.com and to always ensure their contact details are added to their booking.
Important information on the use of e-cigarettes in India
The Indian government has recently announced a ban on e-cigarettes and related products. This means you will be unable to buy e-cigarettes in India or bring them into the country.
As part of a recent network review, we’re evolving our Caribbean offering to make sure we continue to serve destinations most loved by our customers. These changes mean that, from 8 June 2020:
We’ll be increasing flights from London Gatwick to Antigua, boosting services from three per week to four per week
Our Havana service will move from London Gatwick to Heathrow.
As part of these changes, we’ve made the decision to stop flying to St Lucia for the foreseeable future. It‘s never easy to withdraw from a destination and we’d like to thank our customers and teams in St Lucia for their loyalty and dedication over the last 21 years. Flights will continue to operate between Gatwick and St Lucia as planned until 8th June 2020 and we will continue to serve hotels in St Lucia through connecting flights via our partner airlines. Customer bookings for Virgin Atlantic flights departing up to and including 7th June 2020 will not be impacted. Flights to Grenada and Tobago will now connect through Antigua.
Payments at US airports
Like many airlines, we are unable to accept cash payments at some of the airports we operate from. This now applies to all of our Airports in the USA.
Please check with a member of our Airport team to find out which options are available to you for converting cash to a payment card.
15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program
Apple have identified a battery fault in a number of older generation MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, mid 2015) models; which may pose an overheat/fire risk. As a result they are recalling affected devices to allow for a battery replacement.
The affected devices were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and are linked only to certain serial numbers. To ascertain whether a device is impacted the following link should be used:
If confirmed as an affected device, Apple have stated it should not be used and that owners should contact them for a free battery replacement.
Given that passengers safety is our top priority, affected devices should not be checked in to hold luggage, plugged in or used onboard our aircraft.
New entry requirements if you’re flying to New Zealand (NZeTA)
From 1st October 2019, if you’re travelling to or transiting through New Zealand from a visa-waiver country or region (like the UK or US) you’ll need a valid New Zealand ElectronicTravel Authority (NZeTA).
The NZeTA is valid for two years, and once you have it you can use it as often as you like for stays of up to three months, or, if you’re a British citizen, up to 6 months. If you'd like to stay longer, you can apply for a visa from New Zealand Immigration.
How to apply for a NZeTA
Applications cost NZD $12 online, or NZD $9 on the NZeTA free app.
You should allow 72 hours for your NZeTA request to be processed. Please make sure you apply in good time, as you’ll need a valid NZeTA or a valid visa for New Zealand before you fly with us.
Applying for a New Zealand visa (rather than an NZeTA)
Some visitors to New Zealand will need to hold a valid visa, rather than an NZeTA. If you think you might need a New Zealand visa, visit the New Zealand immigration website for more information on visa options and eligibility and how to apply.
The International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy
The New Zealand Government may also require you to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). The IVL costs NZ$35 per person and is processed and payable when you apply for your visa or NZeTA.
Safety and security is our number one priority and we always follow the strict advice set out by UK and international authorities. We are monitoring government guidance and taking a cautious approach to our current flight routing.