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Barbados celebrates the 25th anniversary of Virgin Atlantic’s inaugural direct flight to the island

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Barbados is a 365-day destination, which offers a rich tapestry of experiences, including heritage, culinary delights, sports, arts, festivals, romance and luxury, ensuring there is something for every type of traveller to enjoy.

LONDON, UΚ – Barbados is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Virgin Atlantic’s first direct service to Bridgetown. The significant milestone is a testament to the partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Barbados and is symbolic of the airline’s commitment to providing passengers in the UK with daily flights to this idyllic island.

Virgin Atlantic’s journey with Barbados began in 1998, and over the years, this partnership grew from strength to strength. The airline’s commitment to Barbados is evident through its continuous expansion of capacity and routes to the island.

In 2017, Virgin Atlantic introduced a direct service from London Heathrow to Barbados, which remains in operation today. By 2018, Virgin Atlantic offered up to 11 flights per week to Barbados from three major gateways: Gatwick, Manchester, and Heathrow.

Cheryl Carter, Director, BTMI UK said: “We extend our thanks to Virgin Atlantic for its support of Barbados over the past 25 years. Virgin has become an integral part of the Barbados experience, welcoming countless visitors to the island’s pristine beaches, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. The airline’s role in facilitating tourism and business connections between the UK and Barbados is one which cannot be overstated. Virgin Atlantic has certainly been instrumental in driving  growth and prosperity for the island.”

In 1998, Virgin embarked on a journey that would forever change how travellers experience Barbados. The inaugural flight was not just a flight, it was a promise to connect people to their dream destinations in style, comfort, and excellent service. Over the past 25 years, Virgin has consistently delivered on that promise.

Virgin Atlantic passengers going to Barbados from London on Wednesday 27th September, will receive a special send-off from the BTMI UK team. A warm welcome when they land at Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados, has also been planned, with live music and entertainment, and memorabilia.

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