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(SNO) – Tourism minister, Dominic Fedee, has said he is not worried that Saint Lucia will not be in a position to fill in losses after Virgin Atlantic stop flying to the island.
The airline will cease operations to Saint Lucia in June 2020 after 21 years.
Virgin ran a three-times-a-week service to the island from Gatwick.
Despite the loss, Fedee said there is “more encouraging news” in 2020, especially in the UK market.
“We are expecting additional seats to compensate for the loss of Virgin Atlantic…” he stated. “I have absolutely no worry at all that we will not be in a position to compensate for the capacity losses that Virgin would have brought about.”
When Virgin announced the pull out from Saint Lucia, it said the decision was not taken lightly.
“It’s never easy to withdraw from a destination and it’s not a decision we’ve taken lightly,” the company said in a statement. “We’d like to thank our customers and teams in St Lucia for their loyalty and dedication over the last 21 years and are sad to say goodbye to this fantastic island.”
The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority said it “could not meet the proposals from Virgin Atlantic” which led to the decision to withdraw its UK service.