Virgin Atlantic today (Wednesday) completed its inaugural flight from London Heathrow to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the country’s only direct service to and from Europe.
The twice-weekly service flies via Barbados and departs every Wednesday and Sunday, operating on the airline’s A330-300 aircraft boasting 237 seats.
The new services to London Heathrow airport will provide travelers from St. Vincent with a direct link to London, alongside seamless connections onto the Virgin Atlantic network via London Heathrow.
It is not clear how many passengers arrived on the inaugural flight, but the cabin crew included one Vincentian.
Speaking at a welcome ceremony at Argyle International Airport, Hannah Swift, country manager, at Caribbean Virgin Atlantic, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be here today on this inaugural flight, and our twice-weekly service to St. Vincent and the Grenadines has commenced at long last and we are thrilled that this now solidifies that long-lasting relationship and we will be bringing lots of tourists to your beautiful island.”
Minister of Tourism and Culture, Carlos James told the ceremony that it was an exciting opportunity for SVG.
“We welcome Virgin Atlantic, the very first transatlantic flight to St. Vincent and the Grenadines since we completed the construction of the Argyle International Airport.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, whose Unity Labour Party administration built the airport, which opened in February 2017, said that at times like these, he reflects on faith, as mentioned in the Book of Hebrews.
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