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British Airways steps in to replace Virgin Atlantic on Saint Lucia route

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Saint Lucia will invite new flights from the UK the following summer, with British Airways introduce a twice weekly departure.The flights will initiate on July fourth and will go through August 29th, 2020. The flight offers three classes of service and will include a normal of 600 additional seats week by week to encourage travel to the island.

 

It is welcome news for the island, with Virgin Atlantic declaring a month ago that it will end flights to the mainstream Caribbean island from June one year from now following a review of its network. In reacting to the updates on the extra flights, prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet stated: “We are elated with this most recent advancement and the favorable luck it spells for our proceeded with endeavors at growing visitor arrivals from the UK market.”

 

He included: “Based on the 2019 Virgin Atlantic schedule with three weekly flights, we had a total of 798 seats. When taking the ‘tag factor’ into thought, we really had around 399 seats for each week. The additional flights will bring British Airway’s scheduled direct service from London to Saint Lucia up from seven to nine flights weekly. Right now Saint Lucia is adjusted by 14 direct BA flights that interconnect between London, Trinidad and Grenada. Saint Lucia tourism ministe Dominic Fedee included: “This striking choice by British Airways, with whom Saint Lucia has a long-standing commonly advantageous relationship, unquestionably helps in filling the void left by Virgin Atlantic and their proposed haul out come one year from now.

 

This new arrangement means that with more than 600 additional seats weekly, we now benefit from a net gain during July and August of more than 200 seats.