4th May 2006
Virgin Holidays is delighted to offer more flexibility for family holidays between Glasgow and Orlando as its sister company Virgin Atlantic, will be operating weekly services between Glasgow and Orlando during the 2007 Scottish school holidays. Glasgow is an important departure base for Virgin Holidays which prides itself on being the UKï¿½s leading scheduled tour operator to Florida and has opened up the market for Scottish families travelling to one of the most popular family holiday destinations.
The Virgin Atlantic flights will operate every Saturday throughout the Scottish school holidays, commencing on 23 June 2007 for four consecutive weeks. The flights will then resume on a weekly schedule from the 6 October 2007 which coincides with the Scottish half term period. This will run for two weeks, with the last departure to Orlando finishing on the 13 October 2007. The service will be operated on a Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
Families in Scotland will not only benefit from the new service which is on their doorstep but they will also receive the rewards from Virgin Holidaysï¿½ lowest price guarantee. Virgin Holidays has made holidays to Orlando more affordable with childrenï¿½sï¿½ prices from as little as ï¿½349 during the 2007 school summer holiday period.
Virgin Holidays continues to offer its customers the convenience of booking direct online through www.virgin.com/holidays. There are discounts available for customers who use the online booking service and the option to pay by direct debit makes it easier for families to spread payments across the year.
To enhance the Orlando family experience Virgin Holidays continues its pre-bookable excursions and lowest price guaranteed theme park tickets. The ï¿½Orlando Flexticketï¿½ provides unlimited admission to Floridaï¿½s most popular attraction parks for up to 14 consecutive days. Virgin Holidays also offers a unique and exclusive check-in experience for its customers at Downtown Disney which means families can maximise those final hours by spending time browsing the shops or in the theme parks.
There are a number of excellent benefits available for Virgin Holidays customers that make travelling with families an easier experience, including free pre-bookable seats, on-line check-in, free car upgrades when staying at selected hotels and even single parent offers at the Quality Inn International and Rodeway Inn International in Florida.
Virgin Holidaysï¿½ Managing Director Amanda Wills commented:
"I am delighted that Virgin Holidays is expanding its services to Orlando for Scottish families during their school holiday dates. Florida remains one of our most popular holiday destinations especially for families with children. The new flights from Glasgow Airport will enable families in Scotland to have greater choice and flexibility when holidaying in the sunshine state and reinforces our position as the UKï¿½s leading scheduled tour operator to Florida."
For further details on Virgin Holidays new flights from Glasgow please call 0871 222 1232 or see its website at www.virgin.com/holidays
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Notes to Editorï¿½s:
Formed in 1985 and based in Crawley, West Sussex, Virgin Holidays was created with a simple policy to ï¿½provide all classes of traveller with the highest quality holidays at the lowest possible costï¿½ and this is a philosophy that is still in place today.
Virgin Holidays is the UKï¿½s largest scheduled long-haul tour operator and has won numerous awards from customers and partners alike for the quality of their holidays.
Virgin Holidaysï¿½ portfolio includes holiday destinations across the USA and throughout the Caribbean as well South Africa, India, Dubai, the Far East and Australasia. Virgin Holidays use a variety of airlines including Virgin Atlantic Airways. Virgin Atlantic Airways commences flying to its newest destination, Jamaica, from July 2006.
Virgin Holidays believes in responsible tourism and supports the Travel Foundation in its efforts to preserve natural environments in holiday destinations and spread the economic benefits from tourism across communities.
Since it was founded in 1984, Virgin Atlantic has become Britainï¿½s second largest carrier serving the worldï¿½s major cities. Now based at both Londonï¿½s Gatwick and Heathrow airports, it operates long haul services to twenty-six destinations world-wide as far apart as Las Vegas, Sydney and Shanghai. Currently the fleet comprises of 33 aircraft, thirteen 747-400s and seven A340-300s and thirteen A340-600s.