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Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to restart passenger flying to 17 additional destinations from August 2020.

In a news release issued today, Virgin Atlantic confirmed that passenger flying will restart to many destinations across the airline’s network, including the Caribbean.

According to the release, flights from Barbados to London Heathrow start on 2nd August, while flights from Antigua, Montego Bay, and Tobago will return in October.  In addition, flights from Barbados to Manchester are expected to resume in October 2020.

The airline had announced previously that services from London Heathrow are expected to resume from 20th July 2020 onwards.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Virgin Atlantic commented: “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. 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,” he explains.

He added: “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.”

The Virgin Atlantic CCO also underscored that the airline also has implemented stringent health and safety protocols, to ensure the health and safety of its customers and its staff.

“We’ve instituted enhanced and thorough cleaning practices at check in, boarding gates and onboard including the use of electrostatic spraying of high-grade disinfectant onboard in all our cabins and lavatories, ensuring no surface is left untouched,” he reports. “Safe distancing will also be adhered to wherever possible, particularly at check-in and boarding and where not possible, masks will be required. We will provide a personal Health Pack for the wellbeing and comfort of all our customers, which will contain medical grade face masks as a requirement to be worn onboard, surface wipes and hand gel.”

He added: “In the short term, to minimise contact, we will also be offering a simplified hot food service in Economy and Premium Economy enclosed from preparation in a Covid-safe, monitored environment directly to our customers’ seats. Upper Class customers will receive a choice of hot meals and desserts, including cheese & biscuits, which will be delivered to their seat on a tray. We will also be offering a temporary limited alcohol offering in all cabins.”

Virgin Atlantic notes that its Caribbean Ticket Office in Barbados will re-open on the 4th of August to support bookings and enquiries. Until then, customers can contact the UK Call Centre on the Toll Free number +1 246 228 4886, or visit their website at www.virginatlantic.com.

VIRGIN ATLANTIC PLANNED RETURN TO FLYING
FROM LONDON HEATHROW TERMINAL 2

(Subject to change and dependent on travel restrictions)

20th July 2020London Heathrow to Hong Kong
21st July 2020London Heathrow to New York JFK, Los Angeles
1st August 2020London Heathrow to Barbados
4th August 2020London Heathrow to Shanghai
4th August 2020London Heathrow to San Francisco
9th August 2020London Heathrow to Tel Aviv
18th August 2020London Heathrow to Miami
23rd August 2020London Heathrow to Lagos
24th August 2020London Heathrow and Manchester to Orlando
(subject to CDC approval)
25th August 2020London Heathrow to Atlanta
September 2020London Heathrow to Washington, Seattle, Las Vegas
September 2020London Heathrow to Mumbai, Delhi
September 2020London Heathrow to Johannesburg
October 2020 London Heathrow to Boston
October 2020London Heathrow to Montego Bay, Antigua, Grenada and Tobago (via Antigua)
October 2020Manchester to Barbados
SOURCE: Virgin Atlantic