Virgin Atlantic Ups Caribbean Network With New St Vincent Route

Virgin Atlantic is launching a new Airbus A330 service to St Vincent in the Caribbean. Flights are set to commence in June next year, with tickets going on sale towards the end of this month.

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Virgin Atlantic will launch a new route to St Vincent. Photo: Getty Images

Airlines haven’t been rushing to launch new routes during the current situation, given passenger demand’s fluidity going forwards. However, that doesn’t mean no new routes are being established. Indeed, if it clearly makes sense for an airline to launch a route, then they will still go ahead with such action. After all, if enough passengers want to pay, it makes sense to let them.

New St Vincent route

Virgin Atlantic has launched a few new routes lately, including some to Pakistan. The latest new route, however, will take it west from London. So far, other than the destination and aircraft type. Virgin has remained tight-lipped on the new St Vincent route. For example, no detailed schedule has been given.

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What we do know is that the route will launch in June 2021. Flights will be flown by an Airbus A330-300 aircraft. These have 31 Upper Class seats accompanied by 48 Premium and 185 economy seats. The route to the Caribbean islands will be operated two times each week in each direction. The airline will begin selling tickets for the route from November 24th onwards.

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The flights will operate to and from London Heathrow Airport. Photo: Getty Images

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… 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.”

What are the entry requirements?

Currently, St Vincent and the Grenadines are covered by travel corridors from the United Kingdom. This means that returning from St Vincent will not trigger a 14-day quarantine on arrival. However, the same cannot be said in the other direction.

Those traveling to these destinations require two negative COVID-19 tests, one before departure and another upon arrival. Having arrived, passengers are required to quarantine at an approved hotel for five days. This means that five days would need to be added to any holiday. While not ideal, it’s still much better than a 14-day quarantine.

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The route will be flown with the airline’s A330-300 aircraft type. Photo: Getty Images

Of course, given how quickly the situation is developing, there is a good chance that the rules today will not be the same rules in force in seven months. As such, anybody booking flights so far out should be aware that regulations could change for the better. However, they could also change for the worst.

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