Virgin Atlantic flights from Edinburgh to Barbados set to take off

Virgin Atlantic will operate international flights from Edinburgh Airport for the first time in the airline’s 37-year history as it expands its offering to the Caribbean.

The carrier will operate two return flights per week between the Scottish capital and Barbados from December 5.

They will be the only direct services from Scotland to the Caribbean.

Virgin Atlantic will also connect Edinburgh with the US city of Orlando, Florida, from April 2022.

The company operated its last flights from Edinburgh between 2013 and 2015, in conjunction with Heathrow under its Little Red brand.

New routes from Heathrow to Saint Lucia and Manchester to Montego Bay, Jamaica have also been announced.

Barbados is on the government’s green list, which means returning travelers are not required to self-quarantine.

Saint Lucia and Jamaica are in the amber level.

This means returning travelers must self-isolate at home for 10 days unless they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Juha Jarvinen, Commercial Director of Virgin Atlantic, said: “The Caribbean is such an important destination for us and for our customers and we are delighted to announce our new routes as we continue to develop our ever expanding portfolio.

“We know guests can’t wait to go on their next adventure after a tough year, and these Caribbean destinations offer the perfect escape for travelers looking to just relax or explore a new part of the world.

“For UK-based customers we are also delighted to be able to offer additional routes from Edinburgh and Manchester.

“The start of international flights from Edinburgh marks an exciting new chapter and I know our teams look forward to showing Edinburgh the famous Virgin Atlantic spirit and flair.”

Edinburgh Airport boss Gordon Dewar said: “A top city like Edinburgh deserves top airlines and we are extremely happy to welcome our new partner Virgin Atlantic to the Scottish capital.

“Being able to deliver flights to Barbados, Scotland’s only direct route to the Caribbean, and Orlando is a huge boost for us as we prepare for the post-Covid recovery, and it’s a huge demonstration of confidence in Edinburgh Airport’s ability to deliver for passengers across the country.

“We look forward to the launch of new routes and watching passengers set off on an unforgettable vacation from Edinburgh Airport with Virgin Atlantic.”

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