Virgin Atlantic has abandoned its proposed launch of Mumbai and Delhi flights from Manchester.
The carrier announced plans in October to launch services to the two cities, mirroring its Mumbai and Delhi routes from Heathrow. Manchester-Mumbai flights were due to operate three times a week from 19 December and Delhi twice a week from 5 January.
However, on its Flightstore trade site, the airline said: “We are continuously reviewing our flying programme and in response to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 we have made the difficult decision to withdraw our Manchester to Delhi and Mumbai services which were due to launch in January.
“We remain committed to our Manchester home and have recently resumed operations to Barbados, with further routes to the Caribbean and US commencing in the coming weeks.”
Agents are being directed to vsflyinghub for information on how to amend bookings.
The news is a blow to Manchester airport, which lost its Jet Airways Mumbai service following the Indian carrier’s demise in spring 2019.