Well the plan was to make MAN a hub for VS, and indeed a few flights this winter have been retimed for this hub operation.
That of course is now dead in the water, but interestingly, VS has publicly stated that they will keep the Virgin Connect name, as they are evaluating their next move.
Of course, its rough time for airlines but Corona virus is an overhyped media circus that won't last long.
I'm terms of expansion, there aren't a lot of London options open, hence VS building MAN.
LHR won't get its 3rd runway
LGW filling up and just as likely to be refused an extra runway
STN recently had a refusal to allow its capacity to increase from 34 to 45 million, so, they will soon start running out of good slots
LTN full to the brim to the point carriers are being pushed out.
SEN, well, it may have a small role now but short runway, poor transport and distance mean its not a realistic London airport.
Hence MAN (was) doing well, BHX may benefit from HS2 and EDI/GLA could do well service their respective markets.
But for VS, it seems a lot of hope was pinned on Connect/MAN with aspirations of LHR. Even with BE gone, the fact London is still full means Plan B for growing MAN will need to be considered.
Personally I am now waiting for Nordic to collect their I’ll gotten gains those mortgages will transfer quickly and I expect some frames to move across the office corridors toward the Stobart arena In the next few weeks and for Stobart to be the prime beneficiaries.
IMHO it certain Stobart will move in on the Belfast City market and one of either Manchester or Birmingham and attempt to pick up those remedial slots to form a reworked Virgin Connect entity pretty soon.
Pre- pack is all over this and 15 dashes is a solid number for those two potential bases imho.
COVID-19 the super strength common cold aside a think this was the plan anyway post April and it’s just come a few weeks earlier than planned .
Conjecture I know however somethings are certainly happening with the Receivers and interested parties.
FLYBE Shareholders were screwed over months ago anyway.