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Virgin Atlantic to launch flights to the Bahamas

Virgin Atlantic announced last week that it will launch flights to the Bahamas in the Caribbean. At that time, the airline stated that the tickets will go on sale today (11th August 2021). Well, now, the tickets are on sale and we have a clear view of what the schedule of the flights will be like.

Flights to the Bahamas

Starting 20th November 2021, Virgin Atlantic will operate 2-weekly flights between London Heathrow Airport and Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport. The flights will run with the following schedule:

  • London-Nassau
  • Departure time: 09:35
  • Arrival time: 14:15
  • Flight time: 9 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: VS107
  • Frequency: Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Nassau-London
  • Departure time: 21:40
  • Arrival time: 10:35 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 7 hours and 55 minutes
  • Flight number: VS108
  • Frequency: Wednesdays and Saturdays

These flights will be operated by the airline’s Boeing B787-9 Dreamliners 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. Return fares for economy class start at £713 per person.

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Responding to the demand

Virgin Atlantic states it is launching these flights in response to the pent-up demand from travellers ‘looking to head off on a relaxing holiday to a sunny Caribbean destination’.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic, said:

We couldn’t be more excited to add the Bahamas to our ever-expanding portfolio of Caribbean destinations. We are seeing a real demand from our customers for luxury holidays in the sun with Brits keen to escape on their next adventure after a difficult year. With 16 islands surrounded by the world’s clearest water, the Bahamas offers the perfect escape for those travellers looking to either simply relax or explore a new corner of the world. We’re currently flying to Barbados, Antigua, Jamaica and Grenada and expect to restart Tobago and Havana, Cuba in the upcoming months. We look forward to launching new services to the Bahamas as well as the first direct service from Europe to St Vincent and the Grenadines in October 2021. As we head into winter 2021, we look forward to expanding our Caribbean portfolio from six islands up to eight and we are incredibly excited to welcome customers onboard flying to our destinations both old and new, heading off on holiday or travelling to visit loved ones.

With 16 major islands surrounded by some of the world’s clearest waters, the Bahamas is an unrivalled destination boasting beautiful white sand beaches, sailing adventures, fishing and diving as well Exuma’s world-famous swimming pigs!

Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Bahamas, said:

We are incredibly thrilled about Virgin Atlantic’s new, twice-weekly airlift services from London’s Heathrow Airport, which will allow travellers to opt for a direct flight to the capital of The Bahamas. There is a growing demand amongst UK travelers seeking a tropical, Bahamian escape. We look forward to welcoming them to our beautiful shores to experience what makes our country a unique Caribbean destination unlike any other.

Additionally, as of 31st October 2021, the London-based carrier will increase its services to Barbados. Flights from Manchester to Barbados will increase from 3-times-a-week to 5-times-a-week and from London Heathrow, daily flights will increase to 11-flights-a-week.

Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic recently increased flights to the Caribbean in response to strong travel demand. The airline is also once again operating flights from London Heathrow’s Terminal 3. The carrier has reopened its Clubhouse Lounge at New York JFK for the first time since the pandemic began.

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