Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will be ceasing operations between Saint Lucia and London Gatwick for the ‘foreseeable future.’
The airline says flights will continue until June 8, 2020.
It said that Virgin Holidays will continue to serve hotels in Saint Lucia after that date through connecting flights via partner airlines.
“Customer bookings for Virgin Atlantic flights departing up until June 7, 2020 will not be impacted,” according to a letter send to tourism industry partners here.
Virgin said the decision to withdraw from Saint Lucia was not taken lightly.
However sources close to the tourism industry told St Lucia Times that Virgin Atlantic’s decision to scrap the Saint Lucia route was linked to a stalemate over the payment of subsidies to the airline.
According to the sources, Virgin Atlantic was ‘demanding’ a $2.5 million injection to maintain the flight, which the Saint Lucia government refused to pay.
They said it was felt that subsidising the airline would open the floodgates for other carriers to request similar treatment.