Published on : Thursday, August 13, 2020
British Airways has decided to launch a year-round direct daily service to Barbados from London Heathrow after a hiatus of more than 15 years. The new service will commence from October 17. Coinciding with the busy half-term period in the autumn, the new service will be operated using British Airways’ four-class Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
The year-round daily service will boost the already daily flights from London Gatwick, which run from October until April 2021. The afternoon departure of the flight from the U.K. will also offer seamless connections to British Airways’ extensive European network, tapping into the major cities of Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, Madrid, Stockholm and Vienna.
Lisa Cummins, Minister of Tourism and International Transport said in a statement that Barbados has been engaging British Airways on the re-establishment of London Heathrow as the gateway to Barbados for more than 15 years, following the retirement of its Concorde service. She mentioned that the airline is thrilled to witness the execution as it opens the door for growth opportunities in cities and continents that were once out of reach.
She mentioned that British Airways is seeing contraction of various routes after the COVID-19 crisis and hence, once the opportunity for the service was presented, the company was determined to secure it. She also shared that understanding the challenges currently faced by the airline industry, it is critical for the carrier to be both smart and aggressive with its growth strategy. She said that the service stands as a representation of the same growth.
She also added that the U.K. continues to be the primary source market of the airline. She informed that in 2019 Barbados reported record arrivals from the U.K. and hence the airline is expecting that the addition will bring even more favourable results as the airline confidently looks ahead to its future.