Cargo customers moving goods to and from Orlando, Florida, can now connect with Virgin Atlantic services at four gateways across the UK.

Today, Virgin Atlantic Cargo launched a new weekly service from Belfast to Orlando, which departs from Northern Ireland every Monday throughout the summer. From June, a weekly Friday service will also be added. This new direct Orlando offering is in addition to 17 flights a week ex Gatwick, 12x from Manchester, and Virgin’s twice weekly Orlando operation from Glasgow.

As well as general cargo, exports from Belfast to Orlando include regular shipments of spare parts and machinery.

Lisa Forshaw, Account Manager – North of England, Midlands, Scotland and Northern Ireland at Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said: “We enjoy great support from customers in Ireland, particularly for our transatlantic routes from London and Manchester. The start of our new Belfast-Orlando service is a great opportunity for Virgin Atlantic to offer a consistent flying schedule from the city to the USA and beyond. We are delighted to be introducing an online operation for our valued customers in Belfast and look forward to gaining their support throughout the summer.”

Giving customers more choice to the U.S. helped Virgin Atlantic Cargo report an overall 9% growth in revenues in 2017 and a 6% increase in volumes. The airline offers customers services to 11 destinations in the U.S; Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington.