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Virgin Atlantic returns to South Africa despite tight UK restrictions

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Virgin Atlantic will resume operating passenger flights 3x weekly between London Heathrow and Johannesburg OR Tambo from June 24, with the re-launch coming close to 6 years after dropping the route, according to travel news sa.

Liezl Gericke, Virgin’s head Middle East, Africa and India, noted that the airline was delighted to now be able to fly passengers to London from South Africa (SA) and back, even though no SA tourists could visit the UK right now. “Only those repositioning and holding study, work or residence permits may enter the UK from SA,” she said.

Liezl also recommended that passengers book their quarantine facility as early as possible, while returning to the UK.

Schedules for this route will be communicated soon. The airline also maintains it remains committed to re-launching its seasonal Cape Town route later this year.

Virgin Atlantic had previously contemplated a return to this route last year before coronavirus pandemic decimated air travel schedules around the globe.

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By Victor Shalton Odhiambo

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