KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — Virgin Atlantic completed its inaugural flight from London Heathrow to St Vincent and the Grenadines, today; the island’s only direct service to and from Europe.
The twice-weekly service flies via Barbados and departs every Wednesday and Sunday, operating on the airline’s A330-300 aircraft boasting 31 Upper Class, 48 Premium and 185 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats.
For those customers looking to treat themselves, Upper Class offers fully flat beds and an onboard bar to enjoy dinner and drinks with friends or networking with colleagues. Premium customers can relax in their luxurious leather armchair with its 38” seat pitch and enjoy priority boarding and welcome drinks. No matter what cabin customers choose to fly, everyone can enjoy complimentary food and beverages, over 300 hours of entertainment and a warm welcome from Virgin Atlantic’s iconic cabin crew.
The new services to London Heathrow airport will provide travellers from St Vincent with a direct link to the UK’s iconic capital city, alongside seamless connections onto Virgin Atlantic network via London Heathrow. The new route complements Virgin Atlantic’s recently announced The Bahamas to Heathrow service, which launches on 19th November and the launch of its seasonal winter service from St Lucia to London Heathrow beginning on 18 December.
Hannah Swift, Country Manager, Caribbean at Virgin Atlantic commented: “We couldn’t be more excited to launch the first flight from St Vincent and the Grenadines to Europe with our new twice-weekly service.
“We’re currently flying to the UK from Barbados, Jamaica, Antigua and Grenada and expect to restart Tobago and Havana, Cuba in the upcoming months. We also look forward to launching new services from The Bahamas as well as Saint Lucia, as we continue to expand our services from the Caribbean to the UK.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome customers on board as they fly off on holiday or travel to visit loved ones.”
Steve Moore, Resident British Commissioner, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that this has happened. A direct flight link between SVG and the UK can only help to make bilateral ties even stronger. It will also make life that little bit easier for British tourists, the SVG tourism industry, the Vincentian diaspora in the UK, the many Vincentians employed in the UK as nurses or with the British Armed Forces, and for me too! It’s great to finally be connected.”
Glen Beache, chief executive officer commented: “We are thrilled that Virgin Atlantic is the first European airline to be landing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We have had a long relationship with Virgin Atlantic, one of the World’s leading airlines, and are looking forward to further solidifying this relationship with these twice-weekly flights.”
Virgin Atlantic continues to ensure that customers have peace of mind at the airport and when taking to the skies, following its implementation of comprehensive health and safety measures. These include enhanced and thorough cleaning practices at check-in, boarding gates and on board including the use of electrostatic spraying of high-grade disinfectant in all cabins and lavatories before every flight, ensuring no surface is left untouched. Safe distancing is also adhered to wherever possible, and mask-wearing is required throughout the journey. All customers are provided with a personal Health Pack for their health and safety, which contain medical-grade face masks to be worn on board, surface wipes and hand gel.