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Virgin Atlantic launches first direct Barbados flights from Heathrow

New direct flights between London Heathrow and the Caribbean island of Barbados will commence for the first time this winter with Virgin Atlantic. Services to the popular holiday destination currently only fly from Gatwick airport.

Virgin Atlantic launches first direct Barbados flights from Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic has announced a new direct service between London Heathrow and Barbados to be launched this coming winter 2017. It will be the first and only route to the Caribbean island from London Heathrow. Currently direct flights to Barbados fly from Gatwick airport.

The new twice-weekly service will launch on 12 December 2017 in time for the peak winter holiday season in the Caribbean. Flights will be on sale from Monday 27 February from £649 return per person.

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.

Virgin Atlantic said its recently extended codeshare agreement with FlyBe will mean that customers from Scotland can now easily connect from Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports to Barbados via London Heathrow.

Virgin Atlantic's Chief Commercial Officer Shai Weiss said:

“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.”

To cater for increasing demand for Upper Class and Premium Economy seats on Barbados flights, Virgin Atlantic will use its A330 aircraft on the route, which features 33 Upper Class, 48 Premium Economy and 185 Economy seats.

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc's CEO William Billy Griffith welcomed the news:

“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.” 

According to Barbados' Ministry for Tourism, there was a 6.7% increase in air arrivals to the country in 2016. The UK remained the island’s primary source market, contributing 35% of stay-over arrivals.

The Heathrow Barbados route will become Virgin Atlantic’s sixth new service to launch in 2017 – with flights to Seattle, Varadero in Cuba, Boston, New York and San Francisco launching in spring 2017.

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