Virgin Atlantic's £1.2 billion rescue deal is set for completion this week after a London judge sanctioned the airline's restructuring plan in a court hearing today. 

Judge Richard Snowden gave the go ahead to the plan, which is aimed at helping the airline survive the coronavirus crisis and which creditors voted in favour of last week. 

"This will allow you to make this plan effective by Friday which I understand is your aspiration," Snowden told a remote hearing at London's High Court. 

A procedural court hearing is scheduled for tomorrow in the US so that the deal can be recognised there, but Snowden said that the court order was not conditional on the US process. 

Virgin Atlantic had projected that the airline would run out of cash at the end of September unless the deal was approved. 

"Achieving this significant milestone puts Virgin Atlantic in a position to rebuild its balance sheet, restore customer confidence and welcome passengers back to the skies, safely, as soon as they are ready to travel," a spokeswoman for the airline said.