Virgin Atlantic has announced it will be offering 30,000 extra return seats to Orlando from Manchester Airport in summer 2014, carrying up to 10,000 passengers every week from Manchester, a 25% increase from this year.
The carrier will deploy a Boeing 747 aircraft on all 11 of its weekly flights from Manchester Airport, resulting in up to 2,000 extra available seats to and from the Sunshine State every week.
The move follows the carrier's recent expansion in Manchester with the launch of its domestic service Little Red, which operates four daily return flights from Manchester to Heathrow.
The airline's director of airline planning Edmond Rose said: “Orlando has always been one of our most popular destinations and across our network we offer nearly 40 return flights a week to Florida.
“We are delighted to see continued high demand for our flights from the North West of England and to meet this demand we have taken the decision to bring a second Boeing 747 jumbo jet onto this route, resulting in a huge increase in the number of seats available for holidaymakers looking for a sunshine break.
“We now offer passengers from the city four daily flights to Heathrow, opening up a host of onward connection opportunities on our worldwide network, with destinations varying from Tokyo to Cape Town, Lagos to Los Angeles.”
The 455 seat jumbo jet will replace a 314 seat Airbus A330 which previously operated seven of the airlines' 11 weekly flights.