Virgin Atlantic suspends two UK routes to Barbados
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Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to temporarily cancel two of its U.K.to the Caribbean flight routes.
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Edinburgh (EDI) to Barbados (BGI) flights are set to stop on 16 February – despite the fact they were launched just two months earlier in December 2021. Currently, it’s the only direct flight available from Scotland to the Caribbean.
The carrier said the suspension was due to “subdued bookings” caused by COVID-19 and U.K. travel restrictions.
In an email to customers, Virgin Atlantic explained: “Following careful review, we’ve taken the difficult decision to shorten the existing Edinburgh-Barbados schedule, with the last flight of this winter season now departing to Barbados on 16 February and inbound to Edinburgh on 22 February.
“This winter, changing travel restrictions and arrival testing requirements set by the U.K. and Scottish governments led to subdued bookings on the route.
“We know our customers love travelling to Barbados, and sincerely apologise for any disappointment caused to those due to travel on services from mid-February up until 23 April.”
The airline added that, if desired, customers can be rebooked onto Barbados flights from Manchester (MAN) or London Heathrow (LHR) until April.
From 30 April, the route from Manchester to Barbados will also be suspended, with both set to resume in December 2022. Just in time for the Caribbean country’s blissfully sunny dry season, which lasts from December to May.
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