Virgin Atlantic slated to return to Barbados in August
Virgin Atlantic airline is scheduled to fly out of London Heathrow to Barbados on August 1, 2020.
The airline recently announced its intention to resume service from July 20 and added 17 destinations to the list.
Commercial airlines were grounded in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some countries closed their borders completely, while others like Barbados, remained open for repatriation flights.
Once regulations allow, Barbadians will also be able to fly to London on August 2 and the flight to Manchester is scheduled to return in October.
“As countries around the world begin to relax travel restrictions, we look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard and flying them safely to many destinations across our network,” said Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Commercial Officer Juha Jarvinen.
“From 20th July we are planning to resume some services and then from 1st August onwards, we will resume passenger flying to 17 additional destinations around the world including Barbados, Tel Aviv, Miami, Lagos and San Francisco.”
Jarvinen sounded a note of caution in his remarks.
“However, we are monitoring external conditions extremely closely, in particular the travel restrictions many countries have in place, including the 14-day quarantine policy for travellers entering the UK. We know that as the COVID-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recovery.
“Therefore, we are calling for UK Government to continually review its quarantine measures and instead look at a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, including air bridges, which will support a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses.”
Last week, Prime Minister Mia Mottley chaired meetings with the Social Partnership, aimed at a safe reopening of the country.
In an appearance on Canadian television, Mottley said it was critical to “maintain the levels of safety for those who are visiting, and more importantly, or as importantly, for those who are working and those who are on island”.
Flights to other Caribbean destinations including Montego Bay, Antigua, Grenada and Tobago (via Antigua) are scheduled for October 2020. (PR/SAT)
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