Virgin Atlantic is to fly
thousands of food packs and blankets to Jamaica in the wake of Hurricane
Dean. Virgin Atlantic will be the first UK airline to fly to Montego Bay,
in the north of the Caribbean island, since the hurricane affected the
region and closed the country’s two main airports. Virgin Atlantic’s
scheduled service, flight VS65, is expected to depart at 16.00 from London
Gatwick, arriving into Montego Bay at 19.50.
The food packs, containing items including fresh water, biscuits, fresh
fruit, and health bars will be distributed through local agencies in the
Montego Bay area after arrival this evening. The agencies will also
distribute blankets to those without power or shelter.
More relief supplies may be flown to Jamaica on Virgin Atlantic’s flight to
Montego Bay on Wednesday.
Virgin Atlantic flies twice a week from London Gatwick to Montego Bay. The
airline will also begin twice-weekly flights from London Gatwick to the
Jamaican capital Kingston on 29th October.