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Virgin Atlantic offering new nonstop flight to London from Austin

Virgin Atlantic is offering a new nonstop flight out of Austin. (ABIA)

Virgin Atlantic is coming to Austin, providing a new nonstop flight to London this spring—its first new route from the U.S. since 2015.

Starting May 25, the airline will offer the direct flight from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to London Heathrow airport four times a week, it announced on Monday. The flights will depart Austin at 6:05 p.m. and arrive in London at 9:00 a.m. for a next-day arrival, with return flights departing London at 11:35 a.m. and arriving in Austin at 4:05 p.m.

It will have 31 upper class, 35 premium and 192 economy delight, classic and light seats on each flight. Flights can begin being booked on Jan. 12, starting at $708 a person.

ABIA boasts the new service as a way to connect the growing tech hub of Austin with one of the financial capitals of the world.

Currently, British Airways is the only airline offering direct flights to London from Austin.

“We are incredibly excited to launch this new service between Austin and London Heathrow," said Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic. "With an impressive food, arts and music scene, we know it’s a destination our British customers will love to explore."


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