Virgin Atlantic has announced the resumption of its flight to Tobago in the next three months.
Additionally, the company has announced plans to restart passenger flying to 17 additional destinations from August 2020.
The airline grounded the vast majority of its fleet for around three months in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Following the airline’s announcement that services from London Heathrow are expected to resume from July 20, onwards, Virgin Atlantic has unveiled more detailed plans that will see passenger flying restart to many destinations across the airline’s network, the airline said in a statement.
Flights from Barbados to London Heathrow start on August 2, while flights from Antigua, Montego Bay and Tobago will return in October this year.
Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer, said as countries around the world begin to relax travel restrictions, the airline looked forward to welcoming its customers back onboard and flying them safely to many destinations across its network.
He said from July 20, the company is planning to resume some services and then from August 1, onwards will resume passenger flying to 17 additional destinations around the world including Barbados, Tel Aviv, Miami, Lagos and San Francisco.
However, Jarvinen said Virgin Atlantic continues to monitor external conditions extremely closely, in particular the travel restrictions many countries have in place including the 14-day quarantine policy for travellers entering the UK.
“We know that as the COVID-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recovery.
“Therefore, we are calling for UK Government to continually review its quarantine measures and instead look at a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, including airbridges, which will support a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses,”Jarvinen added.
To ensure the health and safety of its customers Virgin Atlantic has implemented additional measures to offer peace of mind in the airport and when taking to the skies including enhanced and thorough cleaning practices at check in, boarding gates and onboard including the use of electrostatic spraying of high-grade disinfectant onboard in all cabins and lavatories and ensuring no surface is left untouched.
Safe distancing will also be adhered to wherever possible, particularly at check-in and boarding and where not possible, masks will be required the airline added.