Virgin Atlantic Ending Flights to St. Lucia

Jul 26, 2019

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Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will end flights to the popular Caribbean island of St. Lucia from June next year following a review of its network. Virgin currently operates a year-round service to Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) from London Gatwick (LGW) with three flights per week over the northern summer period, increasing to five flights weekly during the busy northern winter season, flying thousands of British travellers seeking a relief from the long cold winters in the UK.

Virgin operates a three-class Airbus A330 on this route and has been flying to St. Lucia for more than two decades.

Local media in St. Lucia is reporting that the decision was made following the refusal of local tourism board to provide financial subsidies to maintain the service, as the tourism board feared this would lead to other airlines demanding the same incentives. The airline declined to comment on the subsidies rumour, simply saying the route was cancelled for ‘a number of economic factors’.

Flights will continue to operate until 7 June 2020. Any passengers booked on flights after this date should contact Virgin Atlantic to discuss alternate options. British Airways also has a year-round service to St. Lucia from London Gatwick (LGW), with leisure operators TUI and Thomas Cook also offering seasonal services.

Virgin Atlantic flies to an impressive number of nearby destinations in the region from London Gatwick, including:

  • Antigua (ANU)
  • Barbados (BGI) (also seasonally from Heathrow and Manchester)
  • Grenada (GND)
  • Havana, Cuba (HAV)
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ)
  • Tobago (TAB)

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