Virgin Atlantic announces new route from Manchester to Montego Bay

Virgin Atlantic has announced new services from Manchester to Montego Bay in Jamaica, and will also increase the frequency of its flights from Manchester to Barbados.

The UK airline has resumed flying from Manchester on August 7 with flights to Barbados, and as travel restrictions begin to relax, will be restarting services to Orlando, Atlanta, New York and Islamabad over the coming months. The new Caribbean services to Montego Bay and Barbados will serve increasing demand from consumers in the northwest for a relaxing holiday to a sunny destination.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented, ‘We’re thrilled to announce that we have added Jamaica to our portfolio of destinations flying from Manchester, our home in the north, along with increasing frequency to Barbados.

‘We are seeing a real demand from our customers in the northwest for luxury holidays in the sun as they are keen to escape on their next adventure after a challenging year. Both Jamaica and Barbados offer the ultimate getaway for those looking to enjoy island life, from hiking incredible waterfalls, surfing at white sand beaches, exploring distinct local caves, to swimming with sea turtles, the tropical island’s offer something for everyone.

‘We look forward to welcoming customers heading off on holiday or travelling to visit their loved ones back onboard.’

Virgin Atlantic will launch thrice-weekly seasonal winter services from Manchester Airport commencing on November 6 on the airline’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 31 Upper Class, 48 Premium and 185 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. Services will go on sale from August 18, 2021 with return Economy flights starting from £428 per person.

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.’

Further to the launch of its Manchester service to Jamaica, from November 20, Virgin Atlantic will be increasing its Heathrow services to Jamaica, from three flights up to daily as well as increasing flying from Heathrow to Barbados, from daily flights to 11 times a week.

Virgin Atlantic earlier launched new flights from Edinburgh with flights to Barbados and Orlando. Additional new services include a new winter seasonal service from London Heathrow to St Lucia as well as new services to the Bahamas launching on November 20, and the first direct service from Europe to St Vincent and the Grenadines in October 2021.

British Airways starts new route to Montego, resumes services to Caribbean Islands

British Airways has recently announced plans to commence a new route between Gatwick and Montego Bay in Jamaica from October 13, 2020.

Montego Bay is a sought-after tourist hotspot, known for its beaches, water sports, resorts and nightlife. Flights to Montego Bay, which will be operated by a three-cabin (World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World) Boeing 777, will depart on Tuesdays and Saturdays and are now on sale on, with prices starting from £427 return. The Montego Bay service will operate over the winter period until Easter 2021.

As part of its commitment to the Caribbean, the airline resumed flying to Antigua, Barbados, Kingston and Jamaica and St Lucia in July, although with reduced frequencies.

Diane Corrie, British Airways’ commercial manager for the Caribbean, said: ‘We’re excited to be extending our network once again between London Gatwick and the Caribbean with the start of this new flight to Montego Bay in October, as well as resuming our services to Antigua, Barbados, Kingston and St Lucia.

‘We know people are keen to travel and the sunshine and beaches across the Caribbean combined with great resorts and entertainment makes it a winning destination. And with flights to our new Montego Bay route starting from under £500 return, what’s not to love?!’

Colin Pegler, Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation Chapter UK & Europe, said: ‘The CTO Chapter UK & Europe is greatly encouraged by BA’s return to the Caribbean. As one of the Caribbean’s most crucial and longstanding flight partners we are delighted to see such endorsement from our national carrier. It is vital to the region, our tour operator, hotel and destination partners that the resumption of airlift is quick and comprehensive as we look forward to welcoming tourists once more.’

British Airways has introduced a range of measures to keep its staff and customers safe from the health risks of Covid 19. These include: checking-in online, downloading boarding pass and where possible self-scanning their boarding passes at the departure gate; observing social distancing and using hand sanitisers that are placed throughout airports; wearing a facemask at all times and bringing enough to replace them every four hours for longer flights; urging customers to avoid travel in case of any symptoms of Covid-19; requiring cabin crew to wear PPE and a new food service, which reduces the number of interactions required with customers, among others.

Thomas Cook launches summer 2019 holidays, adds Jamaica to its list of long haul destinations

UK holiday company Thomas Cook has announced the launch of its summer 2019 holiday schedule with the re-introduction of package holidays and flights to Jamaica.

Thomas Cook has re-introduced flights and holidays to Jamaica, which last featured in 2015, following increased customer demand. Thomas Cook Airlines will operate a weekly flight from Manchester to Montego Bay between May and October 2019.

The company’s offering to Jamaica boasts adventure, with a zip line through a rain forest, an experience of the Mystic Mountains as well as swimming in a dark lagoon. Four of the hotels being offered feature in Trip Advisor’s top 25 all- inclusive resorts for the Caribbean and three of them are in Trip Advisors’ top 25 hotels for families in the Caribbean.

Thomas Cook has also announced additional regional flights for the launch of summer 2019, with new flights and holidays from Cardiff and Belfast to Tunisia and the extension of Manchester to Marrakech.

Chris Mottershead, Managing Director at Thomas Cook UK, said: ‘We are delighted to be launching our summer 2019 holidays this early, with even more choice for our customers looking to travel further afield thanks to the addition of Jamaica. We know that many of our customers like to return to the same hotel each year, or travel on particular dates, so being able to book early means they can make sure they get the holiday that best suits them. We’ve also added more regional flights for summer 2019, making it even easier to get away locally to places like Tunisia which is once again proving popular as an affordable holiday.’

The offer also includes a zero deposit buy now-pay later scheme, allowing customers to book breaks for summer 2019 with no immediate payment, and enabling them to spread the cost with monthly direct debit payments.

Thomas Cook offers seven nights in Jamaica from £1,149 per person, based on two adults sharing. The service will commence in June 2019 with stay arranged at the three star Royal Decameron Montego Beach on an all- inclusive basis.

Thomas Cook Airlines is offering return flights from Manchester to Montego Bay from £450 per person, including hold and hand luggage, a James Martin meal and seatback entertainment. Tickets are available to book at, the company said.

Sandy expected to reduce tourist inflows into Jamaica

The devastation unleashed by Hurricane Sandy is expected to reduce tourist inflows to Jamaica.

Analysts believe that the hurricane’s effects on the Northeast United States could have a devastating effect on Jamaica’s tourism industry, because the Northeast is Jamaica’s largest source market and a disruption of amenities in that part of the world would automatically have an impact on the fortunes of Jamaica. Forty percent of the business that is generated by the country’s tourism stakeholders comes from areas that include Boston, New York, Washington and Philadelphia, and all of these areas have been affected by the hurricane. Business analysts feel that tourism in Jamaica will become cheaper because of the lack of demand and a surge in cancellations.

The president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Evelyn Smith, said, ‘It is a situation that we are watching very closely, already some of our members are reporting that guests have not been able to travel to Jamaica. It’s our most important source market, in comparison to the Midwest, South and West Coast, and in recent years the Philadelphia gateway has been doing very well. And the hurricane is cutting right through that area.’

However hotel owners in the region are not speculating on how the hurricane will affect business in December. Even though Sandy is considered to be one of the biggest hurricanes to have hit the US, and even though the devastation has been huge, there is a reticence to speculate on the long-term affects on Christmas trade.

From Sunday afternoon, flights from New York to Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean were being cancelled.

By contrast, tourists who are already on the island have been forced to extend their stay because of the large-scale flight cancellations.

Last Minute Family Holidays: The Good, The Great And The Grand

Whether you jet off to South Beach, cruise to the Caribbean or schedule last minute holidays in a chalet in Spain, enjoying family holidays together can bring people closer than anything else can. Children grow up much too fast, so it’s important for parents to set aside quality time to spend with them. Exploring the world’s best vacation destinations together is a great way to do it.

South Beach is a popular vacation destination. First head to Collins Avenue to see the colorful Art Deco buildings and the other amazing South Beach landmarks. Next sample the spicy ethnic cooking and watch the surfers and beautiful people as they frolic in the warm waters and milk white sands. As the sun sets visit Washington Avenue where people party like rock stars. Finally, relax at your hotel. The right hotel can take your family holidays to another level. The Ritz-Carlton South Beach with their ocean front location, suites mimicking a yacht’s stateroom, upscale dining and elevated pool with private cabanas are an experience your family will never forget. The Setai, W South Beach and the Mandarin Oriental Miami also offer luxury, fantastic ocean views and top quality amenities.

The tropical climate, excellent beaches, warm waters, brilliant sunshine and cool Trade Winds draw many people looking for unique family holidays to the Caribbean. For last minute holidays Jamaica is ideal. The Half Moon A Rock Resort in Montego Bay offers villa holidays on their 400 acre landscaped beachfront grounds. Each villa has a pool and private staff. You can explore the beach, swim in their exclusive natural Dolphin Lagoon, play golf or tennis and Jet Ski, water ski, and parasail to your hearts content. The experience at Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Moon Dance Villas in Negril and Sandals Royal Plantation will also leave the whole family saying: ‘Jamaica, Jamaica!’

There is no better place for family holidays than Spain. In this land bordering the Mediterranean Sea you can relax in the lap of luxury at places like the Hotel Arts Barcelona, Barceló Sancti Petri Spa Resort in Cadiz, The Westin Palace Madrid and the Gran Hotel la Perla in Pamplona. All of these feature furniture, food and fun fit for a king. The rooms are spacious and well appointed, the service is superb and the culture, climate and character of the inhabitants will make you wish your family holidays never had to end.

Enjoy the relaxing pace of a holiday in Jamaica

To say that Jamaica holidays are memorable doesn’t even scratch the surface. This is the island where time stands still, so expect to relax more completely than ever before. Not that you won’t be busy! There’s a phenomenal range of things to do on Jamaica Holidays, especially if you like to be outdoors. Rolling hills contrast with steep gullies and the towering Blue Mountains beg to be explored. Dunn’s River Falls is also breathtaking – both the view and the climb! Your Jamaica holidays could just be about lying on the beach or it could include trekking through tropical forests, horse riding on the beach, rock climbing up waterfalls, rafting upriver…

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With a wide range of Jamaica Hotels on offer with Virgin Holidays, you will be spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for value for money as well as comfort and style then look no further than the Virgin Holidays Favourites collection. But if it’s a touch of luxury you’re looking for with your Jamaica Hotel than the Platinum collection is perfect for you. Virgin Holidays also offers adults only and family oriented Jamaica hotels, there really is something to for everyone.

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