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Published on Thursday, August 12, 2021

Virgin Atlantic launching Edinburgh - Barbados route

Barbados will welcome Scotland's only direct flight to the Caribbean, with Virgin Atlantic launching a new direct route from Edinburgh to Bridgetown Grantley Adams International Airport.

 Virgin Atlantic's new flight connecting Scotland to Barbados begins on 5 December 2021, operating twice weekly, Wednesday and Sunday, on an Airbus A330.

It offers a three-class service including Upper Class and Premium.

Senator the Hon. Lisa Cummins, Minister of Tourism and International Transport for Barbados, welcomed the announcement.

"The fact that this new route is Scotland's only direct flight to the Caribbean is something that fills everyone in Barbados with great pride. This will also be the first time that Virgin Atlantic has flown international flights from Edinburgh, so it really is a very important moment for both Scotland and Barbados," the Minister said.

"We are pushing for the diversification of routes, the airlift to support those routes, and new destinations that can partner with Barbados on multi-destination marketing; so this is in line with that policy direction."

Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's largest and busiest airport, serving more than 12 million passengers per year.

Nikki Goldsmith, Head of Caribbean at Virgin Atlantic, said, "Barbados is Virgin Atlantic's heartland in the Caribbean. Not only have we significantly increased capacity to the island with the introduction of our newest plane, the A350, but we're delighted to be flying from three regional gateways, of London, Manchester and our new home in Scotland, Edinburgh."

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