Virgin Atlantic launches flights to "live music capital" with return fares from £409

By Brett Gibbons

New direct services to Austin, the capital of Texas, have been confirmed by Virgin Atlantic - the airline’s first new route to the USA since 2015.

The four-times a week service from Heathrow will operate on the airline’s 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft boasting 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats.

Return Economy fares starting from £409 per person at www.virginatlantic.com. Premium fares start at £711 per person with Upper Class from £1,711 per person.

Austin is known as the “live music capital of the world” and is famed for its art and foodie scene as well as a wide range of outdoors activities. To capitalise on the increased leisure tourism to the region, Virgin Atlantic Holidays will be launching a holiday programme for Austin and throughout Texas including hotels and fly drive holidays.

The city is also renowned as a growing tech hub with businesses such as Apple, Tesla, Facebook, IBM and Oracle all opening up bases, giving the city the nickname “Silicon Hills”.

Virgin Atlantic will also offer 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on each flight.

Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We are incredibly excited to launch this new service to Austin, Texas. With an impressive food, arts and music scene, we know it’s a destination our customers will love to explore.

“The US has been our heartland for more than 37 years since our first flight to New York City in 1984. We cannot wait to welcome customers, both existing and new onboard, flying them safely to explore this fabulously quirky city.”

Jacqueline Yaft , chief executive of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Virgin Atlantic to Austin and Central Texas.

"This exciting new partnership helps meet our goals of continued recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and furthers our commitment to being the Gateway of Central Texas for both leisure and business travellers alike.”

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