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Virgin Atlantic has announced that Manchester Airport is set to get a Clubhouse lounge for Upper Class (Business Class) passengers and Gold Card members:
“In order to provide an unrivalled travel experience, Virgin Atlantic will bring its iconic Clubhouse lounge to Manchester for the first time from Spring 2020. Upper Class customers and Gold Card members can take advantage of the exclusive space before their flight, which will include a la carte dining and a full service bar, quiet working spaces and a spa, allowing passengers to relax and rejuvenate before they depart.”
Virgin’s Clubhouses are some of the best Business Class lounges around, so this is very welcome addition for travellers who prefer to fly from Manchester. At the moment, Upper Class passengers can only access the Escape Plus Lounge, which isn’t a patch on a Clubhouse!
Juha Jarvinen, EVP Commercial at Virgin Atlantic, commented:
“As one of our three core hubs in the UK alongside Heathrow and Gatwick, Manchester is Virgin Atlantic’s home in the North. As part of our growth strategy, we have long-since held an ambition to expand in Manchester and that is reflected in a significant 92% increase in seat capacity since 2014. Schedule expansion this winter, coupled with our first ever Clubhouse in the North, demonstrate our clear commitment to the region.
There is a huge opportunity for Virgin Atlantic here; we want to be the airline of choice for customers travelling from Manchester Airport and we’re eager to build upon our announcement today, with a greater number of new flights and destinations to follow in the near future.”
This is excellent news for Virgin passengers. A la carte dining and a spa are a world apart from the current Escape Lounge’s sad offering.