Virgin Atlantic UK domestic operation Little Red has closed its doors two and a half years after performing its first flight.
Little Red launched in March 2013, using Airbus A320s on wet lease from Aer Lingus. The airline was set up to perform flights from London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, feeding Virgin Atlantic's long-haul network.
However, Virgin Atlantic decided to axe the carrier in October 2014, due to weak demand.
“The final Edinburgh and Aberdeen Little Red flights were on Saturday, Sept. 26,” a Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman told ATW. These were the final services still being operated by the carrier.
Virgin Atlantic secured nine of Little Red’s 12 London Heathrow slot pairs as part of a European Commission remedy package, when British Airways acquired bmi.
“They [the slots] will now be returned to BA and will remain available for airlines wishing to start operations or add frequency on the remedy routes,” the spokeswoman said.
(Victoria Moores - ATWOnline News)