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Virgin to increase flights to Dubai, the Maldives and Barbados for winter 2024 – Business Traveller

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to boost its routes to Dubai, the Maldives and Barbados next winter.

The carrier launched thrice weekly flights from Heathrow to the Maldives in October, and said it would increase this service to daily for the winter 2024-2025 season.

Meanwhile Virgin’s route between Heathrow and Dubai – which resumed in October after a four-year hiatus – will also increase to daily next winter.

Finally the carrier’s flights to Barbados – which first launched in 2017 – will operate twice daily from Heathrow throughout winter 2024, in addition to a four-times-weekly service from Manchester.

The new frequencies were set to go on sale today (Saturday 23 December, 2023), with daily flights between London and Dubai operating from 26 October, 2024, Heathrow-Barbados operating twice daily from 27 October, and Maldives operating daily from the same date.

Earlier this month Virgin outlined plans to increase capacity on its key US routes from London Heathrow to Boston and New York JFK next summer. The carrier will operate seven daily flights to JFK for summer 2024, as well as offering a twice-daily service to Boston.

Virgin Atlantic to increase flights from Heathrow to Boston and JFK

However as previously reported Virgin is dropping its flights between Heathrow and Austin in early January, and the carrier has also postponed the launch of its Heathrow-Sao Paulo service until 2025.

Commenting on the news Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer, Virgin Atlantic, said:

“We’re excited to be whisking our customers away on more sunny breaks than ever next year, thanks to our expanding leisure portfolio.  Our recent route launches to Dubai and the Maldives have already proved exceptionally popular and we’re pleased to offer more opportunities for our customers to reach these luxurious destinations in 2024 and 2025.

“We [will] serve [a] record number of Caribbean islands in 2024 with direct services from London Heathrow to Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, and Turks & Caicos.

“The introduction of twice daily flights from Heathrow to Barbados, alongside our four times a week service from Manchester, cement the island’s position as our most popular destination in the Caribbean. We know our customers love the island’s welcoming hospitality, warm climate and stunning resorts and can’t wait to fly a record number of holidaymakers to this incredible island next year.”

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