Virgin Atlantic is launching direct flights from Heathrow to Barbados.

The new, twice weekly service will start on December 12 – just in time for Christmas in the Caribbean sun. Return fares from £649 per person are on sale from Saturday February 25 at Virgin Atlantic.

It is the airline’s sixth new service in 2017, including Seattle, Varadero and expansion at Manchester.

Scotland and regions will have easy connections to Barbados because of the codeshare with Flybe. The new flights will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays and means Virgin Atlantic will now offer up to 11 Barbados flights per week from three UK Airports (Gatwick, Manchester and now Heathrow).

Shai Weiss, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: “The Caribbean has always been a core market for Virgin Atlantic and so we’re excited to announce we’re offering more choice to our customers with the option of flying from Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester direct to Barbados.”