Virgin Atlantic Resumes Havana Route in 2023, With One Year of Delay

Earlier in April this year, the airline announced its plans to resume the route London Heathrow and Cuba in coming November. But all of sudden, Virgin Atlantic decided to delay flight to Havana a 12 months further.

Virgin Atlantic serves multi Caribbean routes other than Havana, that the airline reshuffled out the flight schedules. It was confirmed that the route Edinburgh (EDI) - Barbados (BGI) will not be operated in the northern summer season 2022/2023, airline spokesman stated.

Apologies were given by the spokesman for the disruption, but the airline's spokesman added a note that Barbados won't be served from Edinburgh this winter. 

“As we emerge from the pandemic we’ve had to make careful decisions about our network, with regular review of flying and holiday schedules. We’re disappointed to confirm that due to the unique complexities of Cuban operations, we have taken the difficult decision to withdraw plans to start London Heathrow – Havana services," said a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson.

Virgin Atlantic had scheduled three times a week Boeing 787-9 flights between Heathrow (LHR) and Havana's José Martí International Airport (HAV) from October 30. Virgin Atlantic has some history in Cuba, first flying there in 2005 and suspending flights in 2020.

Virgin Atlantic has been open recently about picking and choosing routes based on maximizing revenue - and fair enough. The airline still has a number of routes operating into the Caribbean. It is also worth noting British Airways still hasn't returned to Havana, meaning aside from some adhoc charters, there is no direct air link between the UK and Cuba and none likely this year.

By Aero News Journal Team

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