Virgin Atlantic boosts Caribbean routes

Sir Richard Branson waves

In a continuing sign of the improvement to air services, Virgin Atlantic is bringing forward the resumption of selected flights to the Caribbean. It will also be operating the largest A350 aircraft on flights to Barbados.

The move follows the addition of Antigua, Barbados and Grenada to the government’s green list and means that travellers do not currently have to self-isolate on return to the UK from these destinations.

Virgin is increasing capacity by almost 300 per cent to the Caribbean, including bringing forward the relaunch of twice weekly flights from Heathrow to Grenada to July 16.

Services to Antigua will increase to three flights per week from July 15, and the Heathrow-Barbados route will increase to daily from July 25.

In addition the airline is scheduling its largest A350 aircraft onto five weekly flights to Barbados from Heathrow at the beginning of August, offering 335 seats per flight.

Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: “There’s long been pent up demand to travel so we’re excited that we can finally whisk our customers away for a much-needed sunny break, with even more available flight options, allowing them to enjoy the stunning beaches, warm climate and welcoming hospitality that the Caribbean has buckets of.

“We’re also returning to Manchester as demand increases from our customers to travel to Barbados this summer. We’re pleased to be returning to our home in north and expect to announce the restart of many more Manchester services soon.”

Virgin last week announced plans to return to its terminal three base from July 15