COVID-19 Operational Update from Virgin Atlantic – 21 Jan 2022

  • 20 January 2022
  • News
  • Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic are continually reviewing their flying schedules, including Barbados services from their home in Scotland, Edinburgh Airport. 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, Virgin Atlantic have taken the difficult decision to shorten the existing Edinburgh – Barbados schedule, with the last flight of this winter season now departing to Barbados on 16 February and inbound to Edinburgh on 22 February.

Edinburgh is an important new gateway for Virgin Atlantic and they’re fully committed to serving their Scottish customers and this much-loved Caribbean destination, which we know has long-term viability as Scotland’s only direct route to the Caribbean, offering an idyllic winter sun destination. That’s why Virgin Atlantic are excited to confirm that Barbados services will continue next winter, from 12 December 2022, and as planned, twice-weekly Orlando services will commence from 30 March 2022.

We sincerely apologise for any disappointment caused to those due to travel on services from mid-February up until 23 April 2022, which will unfortunately be cancelled.

If re-routing is a suitable option, customers can be rebooked on alternative Barbados services from Manchester or London Heathrow.


After careful review of their London Heathrow – Hong Kong schedule, Virgin Atlantic have taken the difficult decision to extend the temporary suspension of all passenger services until 14 February 2022, as they work with authorities to overcome current operational challenges on this route. They hope to reinstate this service as soon as practicable, providing vital connectivity between the UK and Hong Kong for customers and global supply chains.

Tobago Relaunch

Virgin Atlantic are continuing to expand their portfolio of flights to the Caribbean and they will be relaunching their twice weekly services to Tobago. From 29th January, the route will resume from London Heathrow, departing every Tuesday and Saturday.

Where Virgin Atlantic are reducing frequencies on some routes to ensure impacted passengers can continue with their travel plans, they will be reprotected to the most suitable alternative departure. Where a flight is cancelled, due limited operations to these destinations, there will be no reprotection option available, these sectors will appear as UN.

Bookings affected by these changes will be updated in your GDS on Saturday 22 January 2022.

Cancellations effective until and including

Caribbean           EDI-BGI 16 Feb 2022 - 12 Dec 2022

Hong Kong          LHR-HKG              7 - 14 Feb 2022

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