Virgin Atlantic launches new route from London to Cuba

Posted: 21-Apr-17 10:37

Long-haul carrier Virgin Atlantic began its service from London Gatwick to Varadero at the beginning of April, and soon expects to welcome aboard 28,000 British passengers. The route opens up a new area of the island, as previously only flights to Havana (a two-hour drive away from Varadero) were available.

Virgin Atlantic launches new route from London to Cuba

Whilst the US is enjoying a new era in travel to a corner of the Caribbean once off limits to almost all American passport holders, the United Kingdom has just added a new means of arriving on the much-sought after island, adding yet another option for travellers keen to explore one of the world's most culturally unique, and naturally breathtaking countries.

On Sunday, April 2, long-haul specialist Virgin Atlantic began flying London Gatwick to Varadero, with predictions suggesting an estimated 28,000 will make the trip now operations have begun, escaping the hustle, bustle, and notoriously predictable weather of the UK capital for far warmer climes, with the arrival point among Cuba's most renowned destinations when it comes to sunshine, white sands, and an ambience in keeping with the tropical locale.

The move comes in the wake of relaxed travel, trade, and diplomatic relations between the US administration in Washington and the Cuban government in Havana, which has ushered in a new age of opportunity for Americans wishing to witness first hand the sights, sounds, heat, and overwhelming colours of the island nation. Since restrictions were eased, tens of thousands have flooded in to explore the once off-limits territory, leading to a huge boost for the tourist economy, whilst adding to the already well-known problems with hotel occupancy levels – which have long been at full capacity months in advance.

Nevertheless, this should deter nobody given the option to book accommodation in family homes has proven popular for decades already, giving visitors the opportunity to truly experience life on the island as it is for locals. Varadero itself, meanwhile, has a number of all-inclusive hotels, offering notably more room numbers than many other areas, largely thanks to its status as a highly desirable beach resort, something Virgin aims to exploit with the new route after a survey conducted by the carrier determined that around 1/3 of all UK travellers would be interested in visiting Cuba.

Previously, almost half of all passengers arriving on Cuba, bound for Varadero landed in Havana, before making the two-hour journey to the resort, where they would make the most of pristine beaches, award winning spas, and elegant golf courses. Hence the reputation for this spot as a slice of luxury on an island that is largely renowned for adventure, eco, and cultural tourism.  


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