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Tobago still a strong destination for airline

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Virgin Atlantic manager:

While not specifically declaring that Tobago is a lucrative destination Andre Bello, Commercial Manager of Virgin Atlantic (Caribbean region) said the sister isle is an important part of the airline’s network of destinations.

Bello’s comments come as the impasse on the seabridge continues unabated, resulting in Caribbean Airlines Ltd having to pick up the slack and move passengers between the islands.

Last Friday, Virgin Atlantic announced the roll out of the Tobago/London sale which is scheduled to run between April 1 and June 30 at a cost of $6,023 if bookings were done by February 28, 2018.

In emailed responses, Bello said after the hurricane season left many islands badly damaged the airline wanted to remind UK tourists that the whole Caribbean is still opened for business, so it has partnered with UB40 to produce a re-make of their song titled Come Back, darling in a video format.

He added that the airline then partnered with Google to let people take a digital tour of the island by showcasing more than 100, 360-degree underwater photos and aerial views.

“Tobago is a really important part of our network, and we currently offer two flights per week from the UK carrying thousands of customers to the island every year,” he said.

Asked what is the rationale for having the sale just before the peak July/August period, he said, “We always want to offer the most competitive fares for our customers, and are occasionally able to offer further savings via a sale.”

For the year, the airline has two sale events offering deals to its customer base. Asked what trends he has seen in Caribbean airline travel for the last quarter of 2017, he said the airline has increased customer service by selling an experience and offering convenience such as Wifi for the duration of the flight.

Overall, Bello said, the London destination has turned into a cheaper shopping destination.


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