Virgin Atlantic returns to Tobago following brief hiatus

Virgin Atlantic returns to Tobago following brief hiatus

Virgin Atlantic has confirmed it will be offering services from London Gatwick Airport to the island of Tobago from March 2015.

The airline will be resuming flights to the southern Caribbean island with weekly departures between March and October, and twice weekly departures between October and March.

The flights were originally cancelled in March this year.

The flights, restarting in response to an opening in the market, will be operating as an additional sector beyond Virgin Atlantic’s non-stop St Lucia services, meaning a short stop in St Lucia before the flight continues to Tobago.

Joe Thompson, director of network and alliances at Virgin Atlantic said: “The Caribbean has long been at the heart of our leisure operation and we’re really excited to be offering our customers flights to beautiful Tobago once again.

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“We are always looking for opportunities to grow our network and provide our customers with even more travel options and with other operators withdrawing from this route, we believe our new services will be very popular with British holidaymakers.”

Operating under flight numbers VS097 and VS098, the services will depart from Gatwick on Sunday mornings during the summer season, with the overnight return service leaving Tobago on Sunday evenings.

During the winter season, flights will depart from Gatwick on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, with flights from Tobago departing on Tuesday and Saturday evenings, landing into London the following morning.

The flights will operate on an A330-300 aircraft which is configured with 33 Upper Class, 48 Premium Economy and 185 Economy seats.

It is one of the newest aircraft in the Virgin Atlantic fleet, featuring touch-screen Panasonic in-flight entertainment systems, mobile connectivity throughout the aircraft and improved fuel efficiency.