Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic announced earlier this week that it is to increase capacity on flights between Glasgow and Florida by over a third next year.
The airline will be changing the aircraft it uses on the route in 2014, which will result in an additional 14,000 seats over the summer season. This additional capacity will take the total number of bookable seats up to 54,600.
Changing the type of plane being used on some of the flights will see the current 314 seat Airbus A33 being replaced for 60 return flights between April and October by a 455 seat Boeing 747. Previously the larger aircraft has only been used during the peak months of June and July.
Virgin Atlantic’s director of planning, Edmond Rose, cited a steady increase in demand over the six years that the route had been in operation as the primary reason for increasing the volume available over the summer season. He said “Glasgow is an extremely important market for Virgin Atlantic and we are working really closely with the team at Glasgow airport and as we continue to grow demand for Virgin Atlantic’s flights from Scotland.” He also added: “we are delighted to bring our iconic Boeing 747s on to the route for the full summer season.”
These sentiments were echoed by Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport’s managing director, who described the on-going partnership between Virgin Atlantic and the airport as “a huge success story”, adding that the partnership had been a “fantastic boost for Glasgow Airport and Scotland.”