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Virgin Atlantic announces new service to St Vincent and the Grenadines

By: Dave Gunner

November 3, 2020

The Caribbean. We love flying there as much as you love visiting and exploring this endlessly fascinating and beautiful region. So, we're super excited to announce that from next year we're going to be flying to the paradise islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The only European airline to do so.

With deserted white sand beaches, St Vincent offers the quintessential Caribbean getaway. The island also serves as the gateway to the Grenadines, a collection of magical islands with hidden cays and yacht-filled harbours. Waiting to be uncovered are chic private islands, coral reefs and dramatic volcanic landscapes offering the perfect escape for those in search of a luxury break, eco-adventure, scuba diving or sailing voyage. Our new service aims to capture the fast-growing demand to visit and reconnect with family and loved ones as well as sunseekers looking to explore this untouched corner of the Caribbean.

“St Vincent and the Grenadines as well as the Caribbean region as a whole, represent an extremely exciting opportunity for us. With many islands implementing rigorous Covid-19 protocols including testing before arrival and a short quarantine period for visitors, the islands are open for tourism and are a haven for travellers in search of the sun” said Juha Jarvinen, our Chief Commercial Officer.

“We’re currently flying to Barbados, Antigua, Jamaica and Grenada and expect to restart Tobago in the upcoming months. We look forward to launching this new service to St Vincent next year, welcoming customers onboard heading off on holiday or travelling to visit their loved ones.”

Glen Beache, CEO, St Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority commented: “The government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are extremely pleased to welcome Virgin Atlantic to our shores.  It is only fitting that the most diverse destination in the Caribbean works with one of the best airlines in Europe.  This partnership will not only change the way in which potential visitors look at us, but it will also play a big role in the number of times the diaspora visit their home yearly.  The arrival of Virgin Atlantic will have a positive and lasting effect on the product that is St Vincent and the Grenadines.”

St Vincent & the Grenadines consists of 32 islands located in the Lesser Antilles between St. Lucia (24 miles to the north) and Grenada (75 miles to the south). St Vincent is the northernmost of the islands, and at 133 square miles, the largest. Its forest-covered mountainous interior is dominated by La Soufriere, a 4,000ft tall active volcano.

The Grenadines extend like steppingstones, 45 miles to the southwest of St Vincent. The largest and most populated of these islands are Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Union Island. Young Island is a small private island right off the coast of Kingstown, the capital of St. Vincent. Smaller inhabited islands include Mayreau, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent. The Tobago Cays is a marine park located to the east of Mayreau and is a collection of five tiny islands, sheltered lagoons and coral reefs.

Fascinating Facts


  • The capital of St Vincent is Kingstown, is also known as the city of arches. Named after its narrow streets, with many arched stone doorways and covered walkways. It also boasts a beautiful natural harbour.
  • The flag of St Vincent has three colours – blue stands for sea and sky, yellow for the golden sands and personal warmth and green  for the rich vegetation of the islands and the vitality of their people. The three green diamonds represent three gems (the islands are known as the “Gems of the Antilles” or the “Jewels of the Caribbean”). The V shape is an indirect reference to the first letter of Vincent. 
  • As in many Caribbean countries, the carnival is the significant cultural event in St Vincent. The Nine Mornings Festival takes place in Kingstown in the nine mornings preceding Christmas. You can join in with early-morning street parades accompanied by carol singing, bicycle races, street concerts and other festivities.
  • St Vincent & The Grenadines is home to the oldest Botanical Gardens in the Western Hemisphere and was founded in 1765.

 

  • The national bird (and we love a national bird) is the St Vincent Parrot (Amazona Guildingii) seen here immortalised in one of several postage stamps to feature the beautiful creature.
  • Fried Jackfish and Roasted Breadfruit is the national dish of the country, both are equally delicious.
  • No trip to the Caribbean is complete without sampling the local brew. In St. Vincent that would be Hairoun Beer (named after the original Amerindian name for St. Vincent. It means Land of the Blessed). Or Sunset Very Strong Rum. This award-winning spirit is made on the island using the sugar canes of St. Vincent. 
  • The islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines have featured in three of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
  • There are gold, black and white sand beaches in St Vincent & The Grenadines. That’s got Instagram written all over it.


Our twice-weekly service will launch in June 2021. It will operate on our A330-300 aircraft boasting 31 Upper Class, 48 Premium and 185 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats.

Dave Gunner

Dave Gunner

I love telling the story of our people, our planes, our places and our planet through Ruby Blog.