Virgin Holidays Offers Discounts to UK Emergency Services and Ministry of Defence Employees

Virgin Holidays, a UK-based holiday company and part of the Virgin Group, is offering discounts to UK Emergency Services and Ministry of Defence employees as a thank you for their part in ensuring a smooth Olympic Games 2012, which concluded in London last night.

The company acknowledged the selfless work put in by the Police, NHS, Fire & Rescue, Coastguard, Mountain Rescue and the Ministry of Defence during the period, and is offering them a 10 percent discount on all Virgin Holidays or Virgin Holidays Cruise bookings made by today.

The discount is on offer on all holidays departing between September 1, 2012, and February 28 2013; and on all Virgin Holidays Cruises priced more than GBP1,000 per person.

Earlier Virgin Atlantic, an airline subsidiary of UK-based Virgin Group and a sister company of Virgin Holidays, reported a GBP80.2 million loss for its most recent financial year, which ended February 2012. This is in sharp comparison with an operating profit of GBP18.5 million reported during the earlier year.

The airline, has, however, reported an increase in airline revenue and passenger numbers from March 2012 to the end of May 2012, compared to the same period in 2011.

Virgin Atlantic chief executive officer, Steve Ridgway, said, ‘In an incredibly challenging market, we have managed to grow top-line revenues and fly more customers than last year.

However, with the prevailing uncertainty in the economy, sky-high fuel prices and a 25 per cent hike in our air passenger duty fees, converting this sales growth into profit has not been possible.

Despite this backdrop there can be no let up so to keep Virgin Atlantic at the forefront of airline customer innovation we have announced our biggest ever service and cabin investment programme.’