Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic will soon be returning to Tobago, less than a year after news broke that the major airline was withdrawing its direct service from London.
The new Virgin flights will return to Tobago next spring, in time for the popular summer 2015 tourist arrivals season. The news will provide a boost for the destination, which will also see an increase by other airlines from Europe and coincides with a range of upgrades, extensions and hotel openings.
“We are happy that Virgin wanted to come back to Tobago after such a short time away,” said Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Secretary for Tourism and Transportation in the Tobago House of Assembly. “An agreement for our airline partner to return was quickly reached once Virgin approached us. This is a significant endorsement of all the hard work we have put into building the destination and helping improve our product.”
Virgin’s restored summer service flights are expected to begin once weekly on Sunday, March 29, 2015, followed by twice weekly flights from October 2015, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. In an effort to make the route cost effective, the flights will be shared with St Lucia. The new agreement, signed recently by both parties, is valid for three years from the proposed flight start date.
The return of Virgin comes after rival Monarch Airlines took a strategic decision to stop making long haul flights across the Atlantic. It also coincides with strong improvements in product and service on the Island. [. . .]
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