By Daniel Hunter

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to cut 500 jobs, months after it returned to profit.

The cuts will come in managerial and support roles as Sir Richard Branson's airline aims to create a simpler, more efficient structure with fewer management layers.

Some employees will be re-deployed elsewhere in the Virgin Group, while others will be made redundant.

The airline, which is based in West Sussex, has not yet revealed the location of the cuts.

Craig Kreeger, the airline's chief executive, said: "To truly position Virgin Atlantic for long-term and sustained success, we need to be a more efficient and agile organisation that has the ability to invest even more in the areas that make Virgin Atlantic's customer experience unique.

"As a people-oriented business, these are extremely tough decisions to take, but we know they are necessary," he said.