• Joe Breitfeller

Virgin Atlantic Expands Service to the Caribbean With New Service to St. Vincent

The airline will be launch twice-weekly service to St. Vincent from London-Heathrow starting June 2021. The route will be serviced with an Airbus A330-300 configured with 31 Upper Class, 48 Premium and 185 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats.

Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300 - Courtesy Airbus

On Tuesday (November 3, 2020), Virgin Atlantic announced an expansion of their Caribbean offer with twice-weekly service between London-Heathrow and St. Vincent from June 2021. The route will be serviced with an Airbus A330-300 configured with 31 Upper Class, 48 Premium and 185 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. Virgin Atlantic hopes to capture the growing demand to visit and reconnect with family and loved ones and provide an opportunity for holidaymakers to explore an untouched corner of the Caribbean. St. Vincent also serves as a gateway to the Grenadines which include 32 islands and cays offering the perfect escape for a luxury break, eco adventure, scuba diving or a sailing trip. In Tuesday’s announcement, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Commercial Officer, Juha Jarvinen, said,

“We’re delighted to launch the first flight from Europe to St. Vincent and the Grenadines with our new twice weekly service planned to launch from June 2021. St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as the Caribbean region as a whole, represent an extremely exciting opportunity for us. With many islands implementing rigorous Covid-19 protocols including testing before arrival and a short quarantine period for visitors, the islands are open for tourism and are a haven for travellers in search of sun. We’re currently flying to Barbados, Antigua, Jamaica and Grenada and expect to restart Tobago in the upcoming months. We look forward to launching this new service to St Vincent next year, welcoming customers onboard heading off on holiday or travelling to visit their loved ones.”

Also commenting on Tuesday’s announcement, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority CEO, Glen Beache, added,

“The government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are extremely pleased to welcome Virgin Atlantic to our shores. It is only fitting that the most diverse destination in the Caribbean works with one of the best airlines in Europe. This partnership will not only change the way in which potential visitors look at us, but it will also play a big role in the number of times the diaspora visit their home yearly. The arrival of Virgin Atlantic will have a positive and lasting effect on the product that is St Vincent and the Grenadines."

Travelers from the UK to St. Vincent and the Grenadines must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken by a certified and accredited laboratory within five days of arrival. Upon arrival, visitors will be retested again and must quarantine for five days in a tourism authority approved hotel.

As always, the health and safety of guests remains Virgin Atlantic’s number one priority. The carrier has introduced meticulous aircraft cleaning measures including the use of hospital-grade disinfectants and electrostatic spraying. All aircraft are equipped with HEPA filters which remove 99.9% of airborne particulates including bacteria and viruses as the cabin air is refreshed every 2-3 minutes. Virgin Atlantic guests will also receive personal Health Packs which include three medical grade facemasks, hand sanitizer and surface wipes.

Virgin Atlantic is temporarily offering a simplified hot food service in all cabins to limit contact. Economy and Economy Plus customers will enjoy a ‘Fly safe, eat well’ meal box, which incorporates a choice of three hot meals, cheese and biscuits as well as dessert. Upper Class guests will have a choice of three hot meals, desserts, cheese & biscuits and a ciabatta roll, which will be delivered to their seat. A second meal will also be served to all customers which, on day flights from the UK, will include Mile High Tea in collaboration with celebrity Pâtissier, Eric Lanlard.

Source: Virgin Atlantic