Virgin Atlantic (VS) will enter the short-haul market next year when it launches a 3X-daily Manchester (MAN)-London Heathrow (LHR) service from March 2013. The route, which will use three wet-leased Airbus A319s, will compete with British Airways (BA) on the domestic trunk route. It will use two slots currently leased to Cyprus Airways, so there is no impact on VS’s long-haul schedules at heavily slot-constrained LHR. Future routes will depend on VS winning the “remedy ...

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