“Virgin Atlantic is extremely sad to be withdrawing from Kenya. During the past five years a combination of record fuel prices, higher and higher taxes imposed by the Government and a poorly timed slot not providing connections from London, have made it uneconomical to fly from Nairobi. Governments must be more realistic about the aviation taxes they impose and we urgently need to increase capacity at Heathrow. From this autumn we will be returning to Mumbai and adding an extra flight to New York as operating more commercially viable trans-Atlantic capacity allows us to provide better connections via Heathrow on to our services to Africa and Asia.“Virgin remains committed to the future of Kenya and it is a well known fact that I love the country and its people. For the past five years our team in Nairobi have worked incredibly hard and we hope to return should the economic situation change.” The last Virgin Atlantic flight will operate from London Heathrow on the 23rd September and from Nairobi on the 24th September. The full published schedule will be operated until this point so passengers can be confident and continue to book flights throughout the next few months.