Airline giant to create 450 jobs
Airline giant Virgin Atlantic has announced the creation of 450 jobs under plans to expand its fleet this year.
The spring launch of a new route between Manchester and Las Vegas, the increase of London departures to the Caribbean and Ghana and a new fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft will create 350 cabin crew roles and 50 pilot vacancies, with the remaining 50 at airports and the firm's head office.
Corneel Koster, director of operations, safety and security for Virgin Atlantic, said: "We have enjoyed a good year of recovery and can now look forward to expanding our network and welcoming a new fleet of aircraft.
"With the increases in flight rotations from our London airports and the new Las Vegas flight from Manchester, we will be creating jobs in both of these areas."
Most of the new cabin crew jobs will support the additional weekly flights from London to Ghana, Tobago, Grenada and Havana.
The launch of the new Manchester to Las Vegas route will create 100 crew jobs in the Manchester area.
The recruitment drive is in addition to the 200 jobs that Virgin Atlantic announced in November for its new contact centre in Swansea, South Wales.