Logos sit on the tailfins of Virgin Atlantic aircraft at Gatwick airport in Crawley, UK, on Thursday, January 10, 2013. (File photo)

Virgin returns to Caribbean with Barbados flight in August

Logos sit on the tailfins of Virgin Atlantic aircraft at Gatwick airport in Crawley, UK, on Thursday, January 10, 2013. (File photo)

Virgin Atlantic has announced a scheduled resumption of its service to the Caribbean.

Virgin has included Caribbean destinations on its expanded destinations today.

The British airline made the disclosure today while announcing the its resumption of flights to 17 additional destinations beginning July 20.

The first regional destination that will see the airline’s return is Barbados when Virgin restarts its route from Heathrow Airport in London to the Caribbean island on August 1.

The company’s Manchester, England to Barbados route will resume in October, along with its Heathrow to Montego Bay, Jamaica, Antigua, Grenada and Tobago routes, the company said.

Virgin Atlantic will return to Barbados on August 1.

Chief Commercial Officer, Juha Jarvinen, 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 Tel Aviv, Miami, Lagos and San Francisco.

A Virgin Atlantic aircraft taxis after landing at London Gatwick Airport in Crawley, UK in 2017. (Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

“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.”

Further, the airline said it will take additional measures to ensure the safety of its crew and passengers, including enhanced cleaning practices at check-in, boarding gates and onboard. These steps will comprise the use of electrostatic spraying of high-grade disinfectant onboard in all our cabins and lavatories, ensuring no surface is left untouched.

Additionally, Virgin said safe distancing will be observed where possible, as well as the requirement for masks where distancing is not possible. It will also make adjustments to its food service to restrict exposure.