Virgin Atlantic is introducing new stops to Manchester airport (MAN) in northwest England from San Francisco starting next spring.
Operating three times weekly between March and October, Virgin Atlantic will be the first carrier to provide nonstop flights between San Francisco and Manchester, where a thriving music scene, gritty industrial architecture, and emerging tech community will have a variety to offer visitors. Manchester is located near the scenic Lake District, the historic walled city of York, or Liverpool, home of the Beatles.
Both flights will use Virgin’s newest A330 aircraft with Upper Class (lie-flat business), Premium Economy and Economy cabins.
What’s somewhat strange about this announcement is that it’s come so early. Nonstops between SFO and Manchester won’t start for another year (currently slated for March 28, 2017)– and a lot can happen in a year!
In any case, a nonstop to Manchester will be a relief for those weary of flying to London’s busy airports:
- Currently, British Airways, United and Virgin offer nonstop flights to London Heathrow.
- In June, Norwegian Air will offer nonstops from Oakland to London Gatwick for as little as $299 each way.
- British Airways adds new nonstops from San Jose to London Heathrow this June.
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