Getting to The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is now even easier as The BVI Tourist Board announces a new air service.

Connecting VC Bird International Airport in Antigua (ANU) with T.B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS), Beef Island, Tortola, the new flights launch on November 1, 2014.

IATA travel agents will be able to access fares and make reservations on all GDS from June 26, 2014. The flights will have prefix YO.

Operated by VI Airlink, the flights will operate two days a week on Saturdays and Sundays. All-inclusive fares from £249 round trip are scheduled to connect with the British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights to and from LGW (London Gatwick), providing a supplementary service to the current LIAT air service operating from ANU to and from EIS. These flights support the additional travellers arriving on weekends from the UK. The configuration of the aircraft gives each passenger a window seat with complimentary drinks.

Commenting on the new VIP air service, Sharon Flax-Mars, director of tourism said: “Our passenger numbers from the UK have been growing and I am proud to say that we listened to our industry partners and added the extra airlift they need. I'll be even prouder when we welcome their guests in The BVI and share some of our most enchanting secrets whether it's the 16 miles of sandy beaches on Anegada, our abundant reefs waiting to be snorkelled or simply our glorious sunsets with cocktail recipes to take back home. I am pleased to be working with a world class BVI airline offering our visitors efficient service and friendly BVI welcomes from Antigua.”

Ginny Hawksley, manager UK, BVI Tourist Board said: “The launch of these new flights enables travellers from the UK to enjoy more time in the British Virgin Islands thanks to a quicker transfer time in Antigua. The personalised meet and greet concierge service also takes the stress out of connecting flights and ensures guests arrive in style and depart feeling truly relaxed.”

VI Airlink (or Virgin Islands Airlink) is a British Virgin Islands airline, with its license issued under the UK Overseas Territory Air Requirements. It is the only Airline with airplanes registered in The BVI. It operates mostly chartered short-haul flights throughout the Caribbean from its base at T.B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island, using a fleet of three aircraft (a Beechcraft 1900 VP-LVI, Beechcraft King Air VP-LNB and a Cessna 402 VP-LAD).

Neville Brathwaite Jr, a spokesman for V I Airlink, said: “V I Airlink is proud to partner with the BVI Tourist Board, to be the first, and only BVI registered Airline to connect the BVI to Antigua in over ten years”

VI Airlink is engaged in the medical emergency transport of The BVI’s, with its airplanes being convertible accordingly.

In 2012 the airline was approved by the United States Federal Aviation Authority to fly directly to the United States; the first overseas territory carrier to gain access since 1993 .

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