Virgin Atlantic Airways’ London Heathrow to Barbados service started this week, and in pure Bajan style, customers travelling from the UK airport were greeted by a steel band to get them in the mood for a Caribbean Christmas. The airline will be the only operator offering flights between Heathrow and Barbados, as well as opening up the Caribbean to customers around the UK thanks to its codeshare partnership with Flybe.
- Virgin Atlantic Airways launched direct flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Bridgetown (BGI) in Barbados on 12 December. It is the fifth new service to be launched by the airline in 2017, alongside Seattle-Tacoma, replacing Delta Air Lines’ service from Heathrow, plus its recent expansion at Manchester. The route will operate twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) using the carrier’s 264-seat A330-300s, with no other airline flying the sector. This new service means that Virgin Atlantic now offers up to 11 Barbados flights per week from the three UK airports of London Gatwick, Manchester and now Heathrow. Shai Weiss, the airline’s CCO commented: “The Caribbean has always been a core market for Virgin Atlantic and we’re excited to be offering more choice to our customers with the option of flying from Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester direct to Barbados.”