We’re continually monitoring the situation in Ukraine and Russia, operating in full compliance with all relevant safety regulators, authorities and governments.
On Thursday 24th February 2022, Virgin Atlantic took the decision to avoid Russian airspace for the four India and Pakistan routes which typically overfly Russia. On Friday 25th February, the Russian authorities announced a restriction on all UK carriers. Virgin Atlantic has not overflown Ukraine since 2014, and until further notice, will not operate any flights in Russian airspace either.
We have adjusted the flight paths of four passenger services, when operating in either direction. These are:
London Heathrow – Delhi
London Heathrow – Lahore
London Heathrow – Islamabad
Manchester – Islamabad
The adjusted flight routing means that our flight times will be slightly longer than scheduled and the final journey time to your destination can vary between 30 – 75 minutes. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
If you are scheduled to travel before 14th March and have an onward connecting flight in your booking that will be impacted by the longer flight time, our teams will rebook you onto the next available service to your final destination. As our teams on the ground and in the air will do our very best to minimise the arrival delay caused by this longer routing, we will rebook your connecting flight on your day of departure to ensure that only connecting flights impacted by the actual arrival delay are rescheduled.
Flights scheduled to operate between 15th March & 26th March will be re-timed to reflect the extended flight times and customers due to travel on an affected route will be notified of their adjusted itinerary this coming Saturday 5th March. Customers with a connecting flight that will be impacted by the schedule change will be rebooked on the next available connecting flight to their final destination.
The safety and security of our customers and people always comes first, and we thank you for your understanding.