Cooper: Virgin’s Bahamas route opens up India, Middle East

Airline formally celebrated its inaugural flight to The Bahamas yesterday

Virgin Atlantic formally celebrated its inaugural flight to The Bahamas yesterday, with Minister of Tourism, Investments, and Aviation Chester Cooper revealing at a ceremony for the airline at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) that the twice-daily Virgin route from England will open up travel from the Middle East and India to this country.

Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation Joy Jibrilu revealed that the flight arrived with more than 120 visitors.

Cooper described Virgin’s arrival as a “great day for The Bahamas”, explaining that this new route for the established airline comes as the country continues to work to rebound from both Hurricane Dorian and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Increasing the number of air visitors to our destination stands as an imperative,” said Cooper.

“This goal is achievable through many avenues, chief of which are assertive marketing, creating greater demand for travel to our destination and most importantly increasing airlift with partners like Virgin. As such, we thank Virgin Atlantic for the partnership with our destination at such a critical juncture in the economic development of our country.”

While Virgin’s Bahamas route was celebrated yesterday, the company has its first flight into LPIA on Saturday.

Vice President of Global Sales for Virgin Atlantic Lee Haslett said the airline is emerging stronger from the pandemic and is more committed to the Caribbean region “than ever before”.

He said Virgin’s 787 offers the luxury its customers are looking for when flying to destinations like The Bahamas.

“Our customers want experiences from their holidays,” said Haslett. “They want to relax in resorts and they want to try something new every day. The Bahamas offers that to our customers. The Bahamas has it all in abundance and I can’t wait to see our customers arrive and explore this beautiful destination.” 

Jibrilu also described yesterday as a “great day” for travel and tourism in The Bahamas, explaining that many people worked many hours to make Virgin’s route to The Bahamas a reality.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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