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Virgin Atlantic Announces Return to Canada With New Toronto Flights

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What better time for Virgin Atlantic to announce its return to Canada than during its 40th birthday celebrations in Las Vegas.

On March 30, 2025, the U.K.-based carrier will launch a new flight from London Heathrow (LHR) to Toronto (YYZ), touching down in the Canadian metropolis for the first time in over a decade.

An expanded codeshare between Virgin and WestJet will also take off in October 2024, ready for Virgin’s return to Canada a few months later.

Oh Hello, Toronto

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, took to the stage alongside Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic’s CEO, at the airline’s 40th birthday press conference in Las Vegas. He announced Toronto will be the newest city to join the airline’s network beginning March 30, 2025.

The news comes from Las Vegas, where Virgin Atlantic just launched nonstop service from Manchester, England (MAN).

With its friendly, fun-loving cabin crew and unique Virgin flair, the airline’s new daily flight will provide Canadians and Brits with an exciting new way of traveling between the 2 cities.

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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class cabin on the A350. Image Credit: Daniel Ross

Not only that, but passengers will be able to take advantage of Virgin’s expansive global network at London Heathrow — especially those looking to travel between Canada and India via one of Virgin’s daily services to Bengaluru (BLR), Delhi (DEL), and Mumbai (BOM).

Virgin will deploy a mix of aircraft on the route, including the newest, and perhaps best, new jet in its fleet: the Airbus A330-900neo. This aircraft features Virgin’s exclusive Retreat Suite, a plush, spacious dual seating area at the front of the aircraft that is said to be on par with some airlines’ first-class products. Virgin is set to receive 3 more aircraft types by the end of 2024.

Flights with Virgin between Toronto and London will go on sale from Wednesday, June 19, with round-trip economy fares starting from $624. You can also, of course, redeem Virgin Red points to fly Virgin Atlantic across the pond. Round-trip tickets to London in Upper Class from North America start at 95,000 points and just 20,000 in economy.

Hot Tip:

Coming soon: Even more ways to earn Virgin Red points with the launch of the first Virgin Red credit card.

Virgin and WestJet’s Expanded Codeshare

Virgin is also taking this opportunity to strengthen its relationship with Canadian airline WestJet.

The plan is to introduce codeshares on flights between Toronto and the cities of Ottawa (YOW) and Winnipeg (YWG), providing seamless travel possibilities across the Atlantic. More details are yet to be revealed, including information on using the benefits of both airline’s loyalty programs.

Final Thoughts

From March 2025, passengers will have a new way of flying between London and Toronto. The new destination of Toronto affirms the importance of the ‘Atlantic’ in Virgin Atlantic’s route network.

Cheers to the first 40 years of Virgin Atlantic, and to many more yet to come!

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Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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