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Virgin Atlantic launches St Vincent in the Caribbean

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Virgin Atlantic has announced an interesting new route. From next June, it will become the first European airline to fly to St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.

Services will operate twice weekly from from Heathrow, presumably still from Terminal 2 unless Virgin Atlantic has moved back to Terminal 3 by then.

It will use an Airbus A330-300 with 31 Upper Class seats (the old style ones, not the new suite), 48 Premium and 185 Economy seats.

Virgin Atlantic launches flights to St Vincent

Virgin Atlantic says:

“With deserted white sand beaches, St Vincent offers the quintessential Caribbean getaway. The island also serves as the gateway to the Grenadines, a collection of 32 islands and cays full of yacht-filled harbours, chic private isles, coral reefs and dramatic volcanic landscapes offering the perfect escape for those in search of a luxury break, eco adventure, scuba diving or sailing voyage.”

Virgin Atlantic launches flights to St Vincent

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic commented:

“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.

“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.”

Tickets are not yet available but will be on sale from 24th November.

Virgin Atlantic launches flights to St Vincent

What are the coronavirus rules for St Vincent and the Grenadines?

Here’s the snag.

The good news is that St Vincent and the Grenadines is currently exempt from the Foreign Office advice against all non-essential international travel. You do NOT need to quarantine on your return.

The ‘not a big problem’ news is that, when travelling to St Vincent and the Grenadines, travellers from the UK must arrive with a negative PCR test taken within 5 days of arrival. Customers will also be retested on arrival.

The bad news, however, is that arrivals must quarantine for five days in a tourism authority approved hotel. What is not clear is what this means – whether you must remain locked in your room, at one extreme, or whether you must simply remain within the grounds of your resort.

Of course, with flights not starting until June 2021, it is virtually impossible that the guidance will be the same at the time you fly ….

If you missed it, our recent article looking at Virgin Atlantic and Delta’s new ‘covid secure’ aircraft cleaning and in-flight services is here.

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Comments (20)

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  • ankomonkey says:

    And YQ will be…?

  • Baji Nahid says:

    From a routes point of view, Virgin have really missed the ball here and should have also announced Manchester-Lahore too. This was a strong market point for them and an advantage over BA too as no airline currently flies this route.

    • ChrisC says:

      They are doing exactly what they need to do in announcing a new route – ammounce it and get loads of publicity for it.

      Then in a couple of weeks time they’ll announce another new route and all the travel bloggers will publicise Virgin again!

  • David says:

    Presumably they made it more cost-effective and attractive to fly there than to St Lucia….

  • Anna says:

    I imagine the other snag will the amount of spending money you will need in a destination like this!

  • Andreas says:

    Great memories of a sailing trip to SVG. Tobago Cays was Caribbean picture postcard paradise, we were on a tiny island under the palm trees all by ourselves, absolutely magic!!

  • ChrisC says:

    I akways thought that St Vincent and the Grenadines would be a great name for a big band in the Glenn Miller mode.

    Possibly the house band for Strictly or similar

  • NC says:

    Any points hotels there?

  • Matthew says:

    Not sure if the airport has changed but when I went 10years ago, it could barely accommodate pax from an ATR72 let alone an Airbus A330!

    • Catalan says:

      The new Argyle International Airport was opened in 2017. It’s quite capable of handling a 747, so Virgin’s A330 would not be a problem.

      • Matthew says:

        That’s good to know. Had a quick look to see where we flew into 10yrs ago and it was the E T Joshua airport so I’m glad there is now a new international airport instead.

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