Further expansion for Virgin’s Caribbean services

Montego Bay and St Lucia are the latest destinations to be announced by the Crawley-based carrier in recent days 

Virgin Atlantic has launched new services to the Caribbean including three weekly flights from Manchester to Montego Bay in Jamaica and London/Heathrow to St Lucia, commencing on November 6 and December 18, respectively.  

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The new routes add to Virgin’s existing network of services to the region with flights to six countries currently possible under the UK Government’s ‘traffic light’ travel rules system. The destinations cover those on both the green and amber lists which currently allow fully vaccinated British travellers to avoid quarantine on return to the UK. 

The airline restarted flights from Manchester airport on August 7 with flights to Barbados and the airline is looking to reintroduce services to other destinations such as Orlando, Atlanta, New York and Islamabad as travel restrictions ease. 

Karen Smart, managing director at Manchester Airport, said, “It’s wonderful to see Virgin Atlantic further increase its flying programme from Manchester Airport this winter, making a further commitment to the North. We look forward to supporting Virgin Atlantic with launching these new flights this winter, knowing Jamaica and Barbados are popular destinations for our customers.” 

The news comes as the airline announced a change to its Scottish services to the region in which Edinburgh would now take up flights to Barbados and contribute to a 70% increase in flights to the country alongside five weekly flights from Manchester and eleven weekly from London/Heathrow.  

Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “The Caribbean is such an important destination for us and for our customers and we couldn’t be more excited to announce our new routes, as we continue to grow our ever-expanding portfolio. For customers based around the UK, we are also thrilled to be able to offer additional routes from both Edinburgh and Manchester. Commencing international flights from Edinburgh marks an exciting new chapter and I know our teams can’t wait to show Edinburgh the famous Virgin Atlantic spirit and flair.”