Virgin Atlantic to Begin Daily Service between London and Chicago

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. said Monday it will begin a daily service between London Heathrow and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport next year.

Chicago, which will become Virgin Atlantic's 28th destination worldwide, will be the airline's tenth U.S. gateway after it begins flights on April 23.

Some 1.86 million travelers flew between London Heathrow and Chicago last year, making the U.S. city the third busiest destination from London for long-haul travelers after New York and Dubai.

Virgin Atlantic, which is owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group Ltd and Singapore Airlines Ltd., said that it is also introducing a second daily service between Heathrow and Washington for the summer season from April 24, 2007.

The carrier said that its capacity to the United States will increase by around 15 percent with the two new services.

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