Saturday 22 September, 2018

Barbados welcomes new direct flight to London Heathrow by Virgin Atlantic

The new, twice-weekly service will launch on December 12, 2017, and flights go on sale from Saturday, February 25.

Currently, flights between Barbados and London are only available to Gatwick Airport.

CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), William Griffith, noted that the addition of the new Virgin service will open doors for Barbados.

“London Heathrow is the largest airport in the UK, handling over 70 million passengers annually. These new flights will make Barbados more accessible to passengers travelling on many major airlines that only fly into London Heathrow. We expect that this new route will make Barbados a more competitive and attractive destination to visitors choosing holidays.”

The flights will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays as part of the Winter 2017 schedule using an Airbus A330. This new service means that Virgin Atlantic will now offer up to 11 Barbados flights per week from three UK Airports – Gatwick, Manchester and Heathrow.

 Shai Weiss, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, welcomed the new service, commenting, “The Caribbean has always been a core market for Virgin Atlantic and so we’re excited to announce we’re offering more choice to our customers with the option of flying from Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester direct to Barbados.”

This news comes on the heels of remarks from the Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, that in 2016 Barbados recorded an all-time high of 6.7 per cent growth in air visitor arrivals. During that year, the UK was the primary source market, contributing 35 per cent of stay-over arrivals to the island.