Non-stop flights to the Bahamas will begin from London Heathrow in the coming months as well as increasing services to Barbados .

The extra flights aim to cover increased demand from consumers for the Caribbean.

Twice-weekly services from Heathrow to the Bahamas will commence on November 20 with tickets from £713 going on sale on August 11.

A Boeing 787-9 aircraft will be used on the route with 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats.

The airline will now offer five flights per week from Manchester and 11 flights per week from Heathrow – up from three and seven per week previously.

Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: "We are seeing a real demand from our customers for luxury holidays in the sun with Brits keen to escape after a difficult year.

"We're currently flying to Barbados, Antigua, Jamaica and Grenada and expect to restart Tobago and Havana, Cuba in the upcoming months.

"We look forward to launching new services to the Bahamas as well as the first direct service from Europe to St Vincent and the Grenadines in October 2021."

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Virgin Atlantic will increase its services to the island of Barbados from the end of October. Flights from Manchester to Barbados will increase from three times a week to five times and from Heathrow, daily flights will increase to 11 times a week.

Mr Jarvinen added: “As we head into winter 2021, we look forward to expanding our Caribbean portfolio from six islands up to eight and we are incredibly excited to welcome customers onboard flying to our destinations both old and new, heading off on holiday or travelling to visit loved ones.”

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