Virgin Atlantic launching flights to the Bahamas

Aug 4, 2021

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Good news for UK travellers looking for more options to visit sunny, warm beaches this winter.

Virgin Atlantic is adding new twice-weekly flights to Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in the beautiful Bahamas that will take off from London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR). The new routes will debut 20 November 2021 with tickets on sale from 11 August.

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Prices for Economy flights start from £713 per person. The airline’s Bahamas routes will use their Boeing 787-9 aircraft with Economy, Premium and Upper Class cabins.

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Virgin entering the Bahamas market should be welcome news for passengers. Why? Well, British Airways already offers direct flights to the islands from Heathrow. Having another airline join the fray should lead to more dynamic pricing options for customers looking to visit the Bahamas’ 16 islands and its pristine waters.

If you want to fly there with Virgin Points, availability has not yet been loaded but should be priced as follows:

  • Economy — 10,000 Virgin Points each way off-peak per person, 20,000 miles each way, peak per person;
  • Premium economy — 17,500 miles off-peak, 27,500 miles peak; and
  • Upper Class (business class) — 57,500 miles off-peak, 67,500 miles peak.

Related: How to fly to the Caribbean with BA Avios or Virgin Points

Virgin Atlantic also announced a major boost to its routes to another popular Caribbean destination, Barbados (BGI). The carrier is increasing its flights there by 60 percent starting from 31 October. It will now offer five flights per week from Manchester (MAN) and 11 flights per week that leave from Heathrow.

The addition and expansion of these routes to sunny locations are due to the airline’s expectation that as travel restrictions ease, people are going to be anxious to pack their bags, their swimsuits and sandals, and spend part of their winter on a beach.

“We are seeing a real demand from our customers for luxury holidays in the sun with Brits keen to escape on their next adventure after a difficult year,” Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said in a statement.

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