Virgin celebrates at Gatwick

Virgin celebrates at GatwickBritish airline Virgin Atlantic is celebrating at Gatwick this week having crossed a major milestone.

Virgin has reached its 20th anniversary of flights from the London transport hub to Orlando, the popular US tourist hotspot.

The majority of Brits flying into Orland are families with children heading to the Disney World resort.

To commemorate the occasion, young passengers flying from Gatwick to the US city yesterday were given Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears to wear onboard.

Virgin Atlantic chief Steve Ridgway said: "Twenty years on this sunny and fun-filled destination has never lost its appeal for British holidaymakers.

"Year after year families continue to visit the home of world-renowned Walt Disney World with almost half of all Brits choosing to fly with Virgin Atlantic".

Meanwhile, press reports have suggested that the Richard Branson-owned carrier is considering a merger with German-based airline Lufthansa.

"Virgin would be interested in linking up with Lufthansa if its deal with BMI goes through at the end of the year," a source familiar with both carriers reportedly told City AM.

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