British Airways, Virgin Atlantic & JetBlue Eye Return to Tobago

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LONDON – Today British Airways resumed service to Tobago.

With that, ANR Robinson International Airport (TAB) will see international passenger traffic for the first time since March 2020.

The small Caribbean Island will see service with BA twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, operated by a Boeing 777.

BA2157 will leave London Gatwick (LGW) at 9:15 am and arrives at the ANR Robinson Airport (TAB) at 4:35 pm. The return flight (BA2256) departs Tobago at 6:30 pm and arrives at Gatwick at 8:55 am.

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Both flights will have a one-hour stopover in Antigua (ANU), which can’t be booked separately.

For now, British Airways will be the only airline serving Tobago.

Virgin Atlantic is set to start Service to Tobago at the end of January. VS177 will leave London Heathrow at 9:10 am and will arrive in Tobago at 5 pm after a short layover in Barbados. VS178 will leave Tobago at 6 pm after a 1hour Layover.

It’ll stop over in Barbados and then continue on to Heathrow with an STA* of 10 am the next day. This route will be operated by Virgins Airbus A330s.

WestJet suspended its flights to Trinidad and Tobago due to staff shortages and low demand. Their Toronto (YYZ) to Tobago Service will resume on March 4th.

JetBlue Airways has temporarily suspended its flights to and from Fort Lauderdale. The airline is expected to resume those flights on February 14th.  Their flights from New York continue to operate.

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Passengers arriving in Tobago will have to present a negative RT-PCR Test result, taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival.

All non-nationals are required to be fully vaccinated, unvaccinated nationals are required to go into state-supervised quarantine (at their own cost) at the Grafton Beach Resort for 14 days.

At yesterday’s THA Post executive Council media briefing, THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine confirmed that all authorities are “ready and prepared” to receive travelers.

“The healthcare professionals have been to the airport, they have done test runs, they have assessed the gaps, they have closed the gaps. We have procured things that we did not have before to allow for the safe landing of these flights and, so we are ready to do business,” he said.

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BA continues to fly four times a week to Port of Spain via St. Lucia.

Many other carriers like American Airlines, United, KLM, Copa, and Air Canada also operate to the Port of Spain.

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