The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 19, 2012
 

Virgin wins Heathrow slots and targets Scotland

 
 

LONDON (REUTERS) - Virgin Atlantic has won all of the London Heathrow take-off and landing slots that British Airways was forced to give up after the acquisition of bmi, and it aims to use them to compete on flights to Scotland.

The airline, which has long wanted to compete head-to-head with British Airways (BA) on short-haul domestic flights, said on Monday it planned to run multiple daily flights from Edinburgh and Aberdeen to Heathrow using the new slots.

Mr Richard Branson's airline first announced plans to compete with BA on domestic routes in August, when it said it would operate three daily flights from London's Heathrow to Manchester from March 2013.

The addition of the new slots, which became available following the acquisition of bmi by BA's owner IAG, gives Virgin Atlantic additional firepower.