Virgin Atlantic’s new direct flights from Scotland to Barbados are now on sale, prices from £415 roundtrip

Aug 18, 2021

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Virgin Atlantic’s first flights out of Edinburgh (EDI) are now on sale.

The carrier has added direct, twice-weekly flights from the Scottish capital to Barbados (BGI) from December 2021 to meet the growing demand for the Caribbean destination. Virgin Atlantic will service the routes using an Airbus A330, giving passengers the ability to fly there not just in Economy but in Upper Class (which offers an exclusive bar area and lie-flat beds), and Premium, which offers seats with a 38-inch (96-cm) seat pitch, welcome drinks and fine dining.

Related: A Fine Mess: A review of Virgin Atlantic’s Premium Economy on the A330 from London to New York

These are currently the only direct flights from Scotland to the Caribbean.

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We found some fares as low as £414.84 per person from Edinburgh to Barbados if you’re willing to wait to travel until early 2022 and are fine with the restrictions of Virgin’s cheapest Economy Light tier. January 2022 currently has the best prices.

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The best prices we saw for flights in December 2020, when the route debuts, start at £438.84 per person, also in Economy Light.

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We checked prices using just Virgin Points, too. You’ll need 20,000 points return for off-peak dates, or 30,000 points return for a peak date. You will need to also pay £271.84 in fees, taxes and surcharges.


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If you can’t availability flying Virgin Atlantic direct, remember their partner KLM also flies between the two cities, via their hub in Amsterdam (AMS). You can use your Virgin Points to book the KLM-operated flights that you’ll need to pay more Virgin Points, as well as more fees. taxes and surcharges, so aim for the direct Virgin flights if possible.

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Virgin Atlantic also said it will launch Edinburgh to Orlando, Florida (MCO) flights from April 2022. Those routes will also be offered twice weekly on an Airbus A330-200. There’s no word yet on when those will go on sale.

The arrival of long-haul international service from Edinburgh is seen as a key step in the Scottish travel industry’s slow bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our two new routes provide an array of holiday options to suit everyone,” Virgin Atlantic said in a statement. “From family fun and the thrills of Orlando’s theme parks to the stunning beaches and chilled-out vibes in Barbados, we’re confident there’s something to love for all of our Scottish customers.”

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With Barbados among several Caribbean nations currently on the U.K.’s travel green list, the airline expects it to be a popular choice for a winter getaway this year, especially with direct flights. Travellers looking to venture farther can book connections from Barbados to other sunny islands such as Grenada, St. Vincent and Tobago through Virgin Atlantic’s connecting flights with Caribbean Airlines.

One casualty of Virgin Atlantic’s just-announced routes is that the Glasgow (GLA) to Orlando service that has operated since 2007 will no longer be offered. Given the proximity of Glasgow to Edinburgh, Glaswegian travellers can choose the Edinburgh service.

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