23 MAY 2022
© 2022 Business Travel News Ltd.
Edinburgh to lose Virgin Atlantic operation.
A big splash by Virgin has come to nought after an about-turn by the airline. It planned to resume flights to Barbados from December.
In a statement last week the airline confirmed the withdrawal of the service.
“Unfortunately we have had to take the difficult decision to suspend plans to operate Edinburgh – Barbados services this winter, with customers being contacted from this weekend to inform them of the cancellations and their options”.
Flights were launched in December 2021 and were due to run until 23 April, but ceased early on 22 February. At the time, Virgin said it would resume the winter-only service on 12 December.
The airline said then: “This winter, changing travel restrictions and arrival testing requirements set by the UK and Scottish governments led to subdued bookings on the route. Following careful review, we’ve taken the difficult decision to shorten the existing Edinburgh – Barbados schedule”. The airline also flies on a daily basis from Edinburgh to Orlando all year round.
Virgin added: “Customers will automatically be booked onto a Manchester service, with all reasonable transport costs to and from Manchester reimbursed. If this re-routing is not suitable, affected customers can also choose a voucher or a full refund. Those who booked via a third party such as a travel agent should contact them directly for their options.
All comments are filtered to exclude any excesses but the Editor does not have to agree with what is being said. 100 words maximum