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Virgin Atlantic Plans 84 New Routes With Heathrow Slots Windfall

  • Airline is campaigning for revision to flight-allocation rules
  • CEO says thir runway must mean competition for British Airways
London Heathrow Airport As Decision On New Runway Expansion Imminent
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. will add 84 destinations including Beijing, Buenos Aires and Sydney if the expansion of London’s Heathrow airport is accompanied by a shakeup in the way operating slots are allocated.

The airline would like to serve 35 new long-haul destinations from Europe’s busiest hub, on top of the 19 it offers today, plus 37 cities in continental Europe and 12 domestic routes, it said in a statement Wednesday.