It’s pretty depressing outside with dark days and rainy nights. Virgin Atlantic is happy to bring some sun, with it planning to add new routes to the Maldives as well as Turks & Caicos for Winter 2023
Virgin Atlantic will launch a winter seasonal three-times-weekly service to the Maldives from London Heathrow, which will go on sale on 30th November 2022, before commencing on 22nd October 2023.
The airline will also launch a year-round twice weekly service to the Turks & Caicos from London Heathrow which will go on sale from 11th January 2023, for flights starting on 15th November 2023
Both routes will be operated on the airline’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft boasting 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. Flight prices will be announced at a later date.
Turks & Caicos is the latest addition to the airlines’ Caribbean portfolio which follows new flights to the Bahamas in December 2021, St Vincent and the Grenadines in October 2021 and its planned return to St Lucia.
Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said,
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to add these two exotic new routes to our flying portfolio. Nothing sets our hearts soaring like a new destination to explore, so, with two about join our network, there’s only really one question. Where to first?
“The Maldives has always been an incredibly popular destination for Virgin Atlantic Holidays customers, which is why we couldn’t wait to give them the opportunity to travel to the idyllic location in style onboard Virgin Atlantic aircraft.
“We’re delighted to begin flying to the Turks & Caicos islands, as we continue to grow our Caribbean portfolio, offering more choice for our customers to explore these beautiful islands and enjoy some winter sun.
“We know our customers will be over the moon with the introduction of these new destinations, both offering something unique for travellers looking to either simply relax or explore a new corner of the world.”
It’s going to cost a pretty penny though
If you want the sun and the distance, you’re going to have to pay. A lead-in offer for the Maldives is below from the airline
Seven nights at Hard Rock Maldives with Virgin Atlantic Holidays for just £2,359 per person, including scheduled Virgin Atlantic flights from London Heathrow direct to the Maldives, Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Price is per person based on two adults travelling and sharing a Silver Sky Studio double room and includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Price is based on a departure on 1st November 2023.
With routes that have limited operations and of course, hotels with premium offerings, you are going to wind up paying premium prices, Virgin Atlantic will be in competition with British Airways for passengers.
We will have to see what the final lead-in prices for the routes look like when ticket prices go on sale.
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