Virgin Atlantic to Test Flying Taxis at Its London Heathrow Hub

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. will carry out test flights using a flying taxi model from UK startup Vertical Aerospace Ltd. as the futuristic technology moves closer to becoming a reality.

Virgin will operate one flight from the main airport in Bristol, England, where Vertical is based, to an airfield elsewhere in the southwest, according to a joint statement Monday. A second will link the carrier’s own London Heathrow hub and a so-called vertiport to be built by infrastructure specialist Skyports.