Virgin Atlantic releases plans to restart more routes this winter season

Sep 16, 2020

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Virgin has released its winter 2020/2021 schedule, and it has a distinctly tropical feel. This winter, the airline will reintroduce service from Heathrow (LHR) to Antigua (ANU), Cape Town (CPT) Grenada (GND), Havana (HAV), Johannesburg (JNB), Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) and Tobago (TAB).

Virgin will also introduce service from the North to the Caribbean. As of 26 October, it’ll start flying from Manchester (MAN) to Barbados (BGI).

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Unfortunately, due to coronavirus restrictions, we’ll have to wait a while before we’re able to jump on a flight to South Africa, Jamaica, Antigua, Tobago or Grenada. However, as of the time of writing, travellers coming from the U.K. can fly to the beautiful Caribbean islands of Barbados and some destinations in Cuba without having to quarantine on either end of their trip.

Related: All 17 countries and territories you can visit from England without quarantine on either end

From Manchester, the three-times weekly flights to Barbados (BGI) will start on 26 October, ramping up to five times per week as of 21 December. The cheapest return fare we’re seeing starts at around £434 in October and February.

As of October, Virgin will be increasing its current once weekly flight from Heathrow (LHR) to Barbados to three times weekly as of 12 October and then five times weekly as of 26 October, just in time for the October half-term holiday.

The cheapest we’re seeing for a London to Barbados return is £396 from November 2020 through to March 2021.

For Cuba, visitors are allowed in only through charter flights arriving at Cayo Coco (CCC) (heading to Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo), Santa Clara (SNU) (heading to Cayo Santa Maria) or Cayo Largo del Sur Airport (CYO).

Unfortunately, despite Cuba being on the U.K. government’s travel corridor list, there are currently no direct charter flights operating from the U.K. to Cuba, which means that travel there still won’t be possible, as Havana isn’t included on the eligible airports list.

In other Virgin route news, the airline recently announced it would be launching three new nonstop routes to Pakistan, launching first to Islamabad from Manchester on 10 December and then from Heathrow on 12 December before starting flights to Lahore from LHR on the 13 December.

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