Virgin Atlantic has recently announced the launch of a new service from Europe to St Vincent, with new flights to the Caribbean island departing from London Heathrow.
The twice-weekly service will launch in June 2021 and will operate on the airline’s A330-300 aircraft boasting 31 Upper Class, 48 Premium and 185 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. The new service will provide sunseekers and holidaymakers with the opportunity for a luxury break in the white sand beaches and private isles, exploring coral reefs and volcanic landscapes of the Caribbean.
Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic commented: ‘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. Flights to St Vincent are on sale from November 24, 2020 at www.virginatlantic.com.
‘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.’
Glen Beache, CEO, St Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority said: ‘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.’
Customers do not need to self-isolate if travelling to England from St Vincent and the Grenadines as St Vincent and the Grenadines is exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. For those travelling to St Vincent and the Grenadines, travellers from the UK must arrive with a negative PCR test taken by a certified or accredited laboratory within five days of arrival. Passengers will also be retested on arrival and must quarantine for five days in a tourism authority approved hotel, Virgin Atlantic said.
Virgin Atlantic restarted passenger flying on July 20 after a three month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and is implementing additional measures.