Virgin Atlantic launches new route to Cancun in the Mayan Riviera

Virgin Atlantic launches new route to Cancun in the Riviera Maya

VIRGIN Atlantic Airways has introduced a new service between London Gatwick and Cancun, Mexico.

Recently, Richard Branson and an aircraft filled with VIP’s touched down in Mexico to celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s new service between London Gatwick and Cancun.

Virgin Atlantic Cancun Tulum Riviera Maya
Sir Richard Branson celebrates new Cancun route with tax-free tickets
Sir Richard Branson took time out of his lavish celebration to mark Virgin Atlantic’s new route to Cancun, to campaign for Air Passenger Duty (APD) to be scrapped.
Mr Branson said he would pay the tax on flights to the Mexican resort town for tickets purchased over a two-day period, to highlight how unfair the ‘suffocating’ APD tax is.
The airline boss spoke out against the tax during a speech in Cancun following the airline’s inaugural trip to the destination on Saturday.
He called the charges a ‘disgrace’ and claimed that the British Government will take around £600 million in APD during July and August – equivalent to £10 million per day.
He said: ‘In an Olympic year, it is obscene for the Treasury to be taking £10 million every day from visitors and British holidaymakers alike.
‘This suffocating tax has rocketed way out of control. Years of above-inflation increases have hit passengers hard, are hitting the economy hard and are impeding our recovery from the recession.
‘A family of four is now being asked to pay £325 in Air Passenger Duty to take a holiday to Cancun. It is a disgrace.’
Passengers who book Virgin Atlantic tickets on July 14 and 15 for travel from the UK to Cancun between August 28 and December 5, 2012 and from January 1 to March 12, 2013 won’t pay APD.

The VIP flight arrived in Cancun on July 7th, 2012 and to mark the occasion, Sir. Richard Branson dressed in traditional Mexican attire, was joined on the wing by UK X Factor winner Alexandra Burke whilst a mariachi band entertained the watching crowd.

The group, made up of Branson and his family, Alexandra Burke, Leigh Francis (AKA Keith Lemmon), Derren Brown, Cleo Rocos plus VIP travel industry guests will stay at the five-star Royal Hideaway resort on the Riviera Maya. They will spend three days exploring the sights and sounds of the area including visits to Tulum, Chichen Itza, Xplor and the highlight of the trip – swimming with whale sharks.

Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic Airways said: “I am delighted to be here to celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s new route to Cancun. Mexico holds a special place in my heart and it is great to be here with all my family and friends. Cancun is one of the top five long-haul leisure destinations for UK travellers and as a market leader in this area, we are pleased to be able to add this route to our network.”

“With its superb beaches, great hotels and cultural sites, tourism to Cancun and the Riviera Maya is thriving.  We believe that we can drive demand even higher by providing great competition to our rivals with our award winning innovative product and service.”


Virgin Atlantic CancunAmanda Wills, managing director of Virgin Holidays said: “Our customers have been asking for this direct service, and it’s fantastic to finally see it happen. We’ve already seen a big jump in demand for Cancun and Mexico with a near 800 per cent year-on-year increase for 2012 and we’re looking forward to growing that further and establishing a significant market share in the future.

The region offers excellent value for money, and its blend of heritage, opportunities for relaxation and stunning hotels is something we know will appeal to the UK holidaymaker.

“Our expanded programme featuring 32 properties and exclusive tours will reinforce our position as the number one to the Caribbean.”

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