AirlinesVirgin Atlantic and Delta return to Terminal 3

Virgin Atlantic and Delta return to Terminal 3

Virgin Atlantic and Delta Airlines are returning to Terminal 3 from 15th July. Terminal 3 has been closed for over a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Both Airlines are looking forward to welcoming customers back into their home turf safely.

This terminal has been missed by many according to a press release by Virgin Atlantic.

The press release states that Virgin Atlantic destinations including Antigua, Barbados, Grenada and Israel are all classified as “Green” on the Government’s travel list, which means customers are not required to self-isolate on their return. Delta is operating nonstop services between Heathrow and both Atlanta and New York-JFK, however U.S. entry restrictions for non-essential travelers from the U.K. still apply.

All customers will receive the famous Virgin Atlantic welcome in the airline’s dedicated area in the terminal, with flexible check-in options and warm hospitality.  Virgin Atlantic Upper Class and Flying Club Gold members as well as Delta’s eligible customers can once again enjoy access to the airline’s award-winning Clubhouse, Revivals lounge and Upper Class Wing.

In the Clubhouse they’ll enjoy complimentary a la carte menus featuring five-star dining, smaller tapas dishes, meats and cheeses from the deli and afternoon tea.  A wide selection of wine, cocktails and soft drinks are also available to be enjoyed across the many Clubhouse relaxation spaces, such as the library or restaurant, or outside, plane spotting on the roof terrace.

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The release further states that customers now have multiple choices about how they order their food and drinks in a bid to further increase flexibility.

Virgin Atlantic Chief Customer and Operating Officer Corneel Koster, commented that, “We’re delighted to finally be back on our home turf, and I know our teams can’t wait to warmly welcome our customers to Terminal 3, as they return to the skies in style, as they fly safe and well with Virgin Atlantic.”

“Whilst it’s a constructive step that many of our customers can imminently enjoy our much-loved facilities the Government still needs to recognize the US as a “Green” destination.  Whilst travel between the UK and US is closed, £23 million in economic value each day is restricted. We urge the UK Government to move the US to the UK’s ‘Green list’ and for the Biden administration to repeal the 212F proclamation for UK travelers.”

Delta’s Regional Sales Manager Nadia Clinton said, “Moving back to our home in Terminal 3 will allow our customers to once again enjoy the award-winning experience they have missed during the pandemic. Given current vaccination rates, we know customers can travel safely between our two countries. A recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, coupled with robust air filtration systems and mask mandates on board, put the risk of transmission on a plane traveling between the UK and US at 1 in 1 million. We implore the UK and US Governments to allow non-essential travel to resume.”

In line with Covid-19 hospitality guidelines, customers will be encouraged to wear face masks on entry and when customers are moving around the space the Clubhouse.

Measures to ensure the health and safety of customers and crew have been put in place at Terminal 3. These include, thorough cleaning practices at check in, security, the departure lounge and boarding gates using high-grade disinfectant, compulsory mask wearing and social distancing and encouraging all customers to use self-check in and bag drop technology to reduce contact.

Joan Kifuko
Joan Kifuko is a communications enthusiast that is currently working as a writer at The Aviator magazine where you find your aviation news in one place. She is a journalist that has previously worked as a sales associate, guest relations officer, brand ambassador hence, the love for new adventures and roles. Joan graduated with a Bachelors degree of science in journalism.
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