Virgin Atlantic will launch five
additional services between London and Montego Bay during the winter period
of this year.
This is in response to high demand for flights over the Christmas and
New Year period. The additional direct flights between London Gatwick and
Montego Bay will operate on an Airbus A340-300.
Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic, commented:
“We are thrilled to be able to add extra flights between London and Montego Bay. This route was the airline’s eighth Caribbean route introduced only last year. This route has proved to be very popular with our leisure customers and these additional flights will provide a further boost to the region’s economy, with over two thousand passengers expected to take advantage of the extra services.”
Virgin Atlantic’s existing 747-400 flights between Gatwick and Montego Bay
will continue to operate every Monday and Wednesday. The extra services
will operate on the 22, 23 and 29 December 2007 and on the 5 and 6 January
2008 departing from Gatwick at 12:30 and arriving at 18.05 into Sangster
International Airport. The return flights will depart on the same dates
from Sangster International Airport at 20:05 and will arrive at 10:15 into
Gatwick the following morning.
The airline will also be expanding its services to Jamaica later this year
with the launch of new flights between London Gatwick and Kingston. The
new twice-weekly service will start on 30th October 2007 and will double
Virgin’s capacity between London and Jamaica to 190,000 seats a year and
ensure that British visitors continue to have the best access to Jamaica,
with more flights and choice than any other airline.
By the end of this year Virgin Atlantic will fly to 30 destinations
worldwide, including services to Mauritius and Kingston, which will have
been recently launched in October. The airline carried five million
passengers over the course of last year.