Virgin Atlantic to Start New Service from Manchester to Montego Bay, More Expansions

August 15, 2021

Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330

Virgin Atlantic has announced they will launch service from Manchester to Montego Bay starting November 6th, 2021 with 3 weekly flights.

VA also resumed flying from Manchester on August 7th with flights to Barbados, and as travel restrictions around the world begin to open up, plans to restart services to Orlando, Atlanta, New York and Islamabad over the coming months.

The new Caribbean services to Montego Bay and Barbados aim to respond to the pent-up demand from consumers based in the northwest.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said the carrier is experiencing heavy return demand from flyers:

“We’re thrilled to announce that we have added Jamaica to our portfolio of destinations flying from Manchester, our home in the north, along with increasing frequency to Barbados.

“We are seeing a real demand from our customers in the northwest for luxury holidays in the sun as they are keen to escape on their next adventure after a challenging year. Both Jamaica and Barbados offer the ultimate getaway for those looking to enjoy island life, from hiking incredible waterfalls, surfing at white sand beaches, exploring distinct local caves, to swimming with sea turtles, the tropical island’s offer something for everyone.

“We look forward to welcoming customers heading off on holiday or travelling to visit their loved ones back onboard.”

Virgin Atlantic will launch the 3-times-weekly seasonal services on the airline’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft featuring 31 Upper Class, 48 Premium and 185 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. 

Flights will go on sale starting August 18th, 2021 with return Economy flights starting from £428 per person.

Karen Smart, Managing Director at Manchester Airport, said,

“It’s wonderful to see Virgin Atlantic further increase its flying programme from Manchester Airport this winter, making a further commitment to the North. We look forward to supporting Virgin Atlantic with launching these new flights this winter, knowing Jamaica and Barbados are popular destinations for our customers.”

The Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism for Jamaica, commented,

“We are heartened by Virgin Atlantic’s decision to begin offering a new airlift service between Montego Bay and Manchester, England this November. This thrice-weekly flight will be a great addition to the numerous new and returning flights the island has been welcoming this year, as we continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic. We look forward to warmly welcoming British passengers from Manchester starting this November, to enjoy a truly unforgettable Jamaican experience, in an environment which is safe, seamless and secure”.

Virgin Atlantic is also launching new routes from Edinburgh for the first time in the airline’s history with flights to Barbados and Orlando. Further new flying includes a new winter seasonal service from London Heathrow to St Lucia as well as new services to the Bahamas launching on November 20th, as well as the first direct service from Europe to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in October 2021.

[Source: Virgin Atlantic]

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