Virgin Atlantic to restart services to Tobago from London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic has announced the expansion of its portfolio of flights to the Caribbean as it relaunches its twice weekly services to Tobago.

From January 29, the route will resume from London Heathrow to the island of Tobago, departing every Tuesday and Saturday. The route will be operated on an Airbus A330-300, offering a selection of experiences across three cabins; Upper Class, Premium alongside the airline’s three classes of Economy, Delight, Classic and Light. The flights are on sale now – return Economy fares start from £389 per person, Premium from £985 per person and Upper Class from £2,023 per person.

Tobago is popular for its pleasant climate, vibrant scenery and the world’s oldest protected rainforest. The island is also known for the famous Nylon Pool, a swimming pool in the middle of the ocean. The in-sea shallow white ground coral pool is located off Pigeon Point and accessible by boat. With a wide array of activities on offer, Tobago’s warm climate provides the perfect escape for holidaymakers looking for some winter sun.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: ‘We are thrilled to be able to restart our much-loved services between London Heathrow and Tobago. With delicious food, amazing music and stunning views, we know our customers will love exploring this unique island destination.

‘The Caribbean is the linchpin of Virgin Atlantic’s leisure portfolio and we’ve recently introduced a number of new destinations to our flying programme, including The Bahamas, St Lucia and St Vincent and The Grenadines. We can’t wait to fly our customers safely to our amazing Caribbean destinations throughout 2022.’

Virgin Atlantic has extended its policy of unlimited free date and flight changes for new bookings. The updated flexible booking policy enables Virgin Atlantic customers making a new holiday or flight-only booking for travel up to December 31, 2022, to make as many changes as necessary to their travel dates, origin or destination, with the change fees waived, as well as one free name change.

Tobago partners with Condor for new Manchester – Tobago route

At World Travel Market, the Tobago House Assembly has announced plans for a new regional flight, operated by Thomas Cook’s German sister company, Condor, from Manchester to the Caribbean island of Tobago, according to a report by Travel Weekly.

At a press conference on the sidelines of the UK trade show, Tracey Davidson-Celestine, secretary for transport and tourism for the Tobago House Assembly, said: ‘The UK market is a very important one for us. Within the next fiscal year, we will be spending more than $4 million in the UK market, with a view to ensuring that our destination is well known because it’s a very important market for us.

‘I am pleased to announce that we will be starting new airlift with Condor out of Manchester, flying directly to Tobago, starting in winter 2014.’

The new Thomas Cook service will be open for bookings from next month with the first flights starting in winter 2014. With the new service, the number of direct services from the UK to Tobago will increase to four per week (five in winter). Direct flights are already in place from British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Monarch, in addition to services through Trinidadian capital, Port of Spain.

Ms. Davidson-Celestine added: ‘It was really the diverse nature of the island that caused us to focus on niche strategies. We do not have the large hotels to focus on mass tourism, so we have to find a way to sell what we have, and to increase demand for the destination.

‘We will be targeting several tour operators to get them to come to Tobago and experience for themselves what Tobago has to offer.’