Virgin adds cargo capacity into the US with Belfast – Orlando route

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has added capacity into the US after starting a new service to Orlando, Florida from Belfast and now flies from four UK gateways.

The new weekly service will depart from Northern Ireland every Monday throughout the summer. From June, a weekly Friday service will also be added.

This new direct Orlando offering is in addition to 17 flights a week ex Gatwick, 12x from Manchester, and Virgin’s twice weekly Orlando operation from Glasgow.

As well as general cargo, exports from Belfast to Orlando include regular shipments of spare parts and machinery.

Virgin Atlantic Cargo account manager for North of England, Midlands, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Lisa Forshaw said: “We enjoy great support from customers in Ireland, particularly for our transatlantic routes from London and Manchester.

“The start of our new Belfast-Orlando service is a great opportunity for Virgin Atlantic to offer a consistent flying schedule from the city to the USA and beyond.

“We are delighted to be introducing an online operation for our valued customers in Belfast and look forward to gaining their support throughout the summer.”

In 2017, Virgin Atlantic Cargo reported an overall 9 per cent growth in revenues in 2017 and a six per cent increase in volumes.

The airline offers customers services to 11 destinations in the US – Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington.