Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Executive, was in fine form last Tuesday at a press briefing held at the RAC, also attended by Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Airlines. Delta is the 49% owner of Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin closed its Gatwick base at the start of the pandemic and also reorganised in a much smaller way its management operation.
Weiss said the carrier would concentrate its London market efforts on Heathrow.
“We would like to think there is an opportunity for Gatwick, but it is not this year”, Weiss said during the press conference but confirmed that the carrier had retained its slots at the airport.
“Heathrow is where our business hub is and this is where people want to fly and where you connect”.
However, he blasted Heathrow’s 56% fees increase as “way too high and damaging for consumers”. “It’s a £200 increase for a family travelling to Orlando”, he said.