By Ben KilbeyGrenada has welcomed the news that Virgin Atlantic will recommence its flights to the Caribbean nation next Monday Dec. 13. The move will bring stability of airlift from the UK to Grenada. Virgin suspended flights following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan.A Virgin Spokesperson said;
“Virgin Atlantic was concerned to hear of the devastation from the hurricane to Grenada and hopes that the reintroduction of services will help to rebuild tourism on the island and allow people with friends and family, either in Grenada or in the UK, to visit each other more easily”.
Naline Joseph, Head of Marketing at the Grenada Tourism Board commented;
“This is great news from us and for the tourism industry, things are looking better for the future.”
Virgin has serviced Grenada since 2003. The UK is Grenada’s biggest money earner and the third largest market in terms of volume (amount of visitors).
The Virgin spokesperson continued;
“Grenada has proven to be a very popular destination with our passengers. In
fact, in recent years there has been such a huge demand for Caribbean
flights that we doubled our operations to the region”.
At a press conference in London in November Brenda Hood, Minister of Tourism for Grenada, made it clear that the country, which lost some two thirds of its homes and numerous heritage sites, is getting back on track.
“The fact that we are here at World Travel Market means that our country is moving forward - we are out of the recover period and on to reconstruction period.”