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Re: Corona virus

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Do Virgin normally fly out on Wednesday - I thought it was Tuesday during their winter schedule.

We are currently at one of our very favourite villas, in Arnos Vale. It has the most spectacular panoramic views of Tobago I've ever seen and a wonderful wide covered terrace where you can dine or chill and feel that you are sitting in front of widescreen cinema screen. We saw the flight go up, 20 minutes ago, and were trying to figure out which it was. It was clearly a biggie and heading towards Europe, but being Wednesday, I just couldn't figure out which flight. My best bet was it was the Virgin flight and had been delayed by a day.

Yes, BA has been VERY shabby about this entire process. Like you, I received emails from them saying that we could change the date of travel, etc., and the same was repeated when I logged into my BA app account. However, when I tried to change our flight from Monday 30th to Friday 20th, they wanted to charge me £3,660 (2 x £1,880) for the privilege. However, when I changed the date to Monday 23rd, it dropped to a more reasonable £600. I settled for that and figured I would argue the toss, legally if necessary, when I get home.

As I said, if I try to book a new flight, they are offering seats all the way through into mid-April (as far as I looked). Maybe it would tell me different if I completed the booking process and submitted the payment page? I don't want to risk experimenting with the 'Change Date' facility of our Monday return flights - sods law dictates that I'd screw it up and lose our seats.
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Re: Corona virus

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Virgin is wed and sun during peak season, not sure what will happen after they drop st lucia and fly via antigua though.

i have just left work - the after work lime part - and there are people literally in tears over their situation. more accurately in tears when they have realised how precarious it is. the implications of not being on that last flight (for most people) are incomprehensible to me

i'm here most of the year anyway so arrival/departure dates dont mean that much to me but i feel for them. my neighbours are canadian, snowbirds i guess. when rowley made the announcement they went immediately to CAL and were told "grounded". they spent a lot of money abandoning their flight via piarco and booking new one ways with sunwing. however, another canadian acquaintance has today changed her flight and is now on the totonto flight that my neighbours were originally booked on.

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Re: Corona virus

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Glad I could fly home this Wednesday as things took a rapid turn. I hope everyone gets home as planned. Dont forget that airlines cannot let you be stranded somewhere as its their obligation to take you home. Also they have to take their crew home too, Virgin crew that arrives on Wednesday leaves on Sunday.

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Re: Corona virus

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Virgin rotate their crews through their base on St Lucia - they will not need to be collected from TAB.

pax from cancelled flights will be re-booked, subject to availability. once those numbers are known i suspect (am told by someone in they industry but ? how reliable the info in this situation) that they will be looking to "rescue" from a more cental location that they can still fly to/from.

Mondays BA still showing green but no availability beyond ANU - next flight to UK is the following evening arriving Wednesday.

Friday's BA terminates at ANU (who remain open for business up to now) so it would be possible (arguably better) to get to ANU and pick up one of the daily BAs back to UK - no idea on availability however.

BA still showing availability through Piarco.

Virgin arriving as scheduled on Sunday but no info on availability on the website

Again - the people having most success in contacting their airline are the ones who have someone to manage it from the UK for them.

Paul

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