Virgin Holidays is expanding in Scotland, creating nearly 20 new jobs, thanks to Virgin Atlantic’s new Anglo-Scottish services.
A standalone store will be opened in Edinburgh city centre, along with two superstore concessions, which will be within the Tesco superstore in Broughton and Debenhams, East Kilbride.
The openings add to the existing Virgin Holidays outlets in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Stirling and Silverburn, which have seen 25 jobs created since 2011.
The new jobs being created will include three apprenticeships for young people.
Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson landed in Edinburgh yesterday to celebrate the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s first domestic service, Little Red.
The new airline aims to carry up to 1m passengers a year, create 375 jobs in the UK and generate £75m in visitor spend for the Scottish economy.
Little Red will fly 26 domestic flights a day on Heathrow flights to and from Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, feeding passengers to Virgin’s long-haul services.
Four airlines are already codesharing on Little Red services to provide connections for their passengers: Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, South African Airways and Cyprus Airways and Virgin Atlantic expects to add further codeshare partners in the near future.
The Little Red service will be operated by Aer Lingus on behalf of Virgin Atlantic.
Meanwhile, Delta and Virgin Atlantic have filed an application with the US Department of Transportation seeking antitrust immunity for their new joint venture on flights between North America and the UK.
The joint venture will allow Delta and Virgin to be more effective competitors on transatlantic routes and is a key strategy to return the British airline to profitability.
In their filing, Delta and Virgin Atlantic noted that nearly 60% of the slots at Heathrow are controlled by the American Airlines/British Airways joint venture which, as a result, dominates air travel between the US and the UK, including the New York-London market, which is the most important business market in the world.
Virgin Atlantic chief executive Craig Kreeger said: ‘Consumers will reap the rewards of this joint venture on services between the UK and the US, Canada and Mexico through a shared ethos in the highest standards of customer service and much more effective competition to and from Heathrow.’
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