British Airways commits to the Caribbean, adds new route to Jamaica

Jul 22, 2020

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British Airways is expanding its footprint in the Caribbean. On Wednesday, the carrier announced that it would be adding a new route to Montego Bay, Jamaica, as well as resuming flights to four additional Caribbean destinations.

As of 13 October, BA will launch its new route between London Gatwick (LGW) and Montego Bay (MBJ). The twice weekly service — Tuesdays and Saturdays — will be operated by one of BA’s three-class 777 aircraft, which features World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World. It’s worth noting that these 777 aircraft are not outfitted with the airline’s newest business-class product, Club Suite.

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The new route, which is still subject to government approval, will operate on the following schedule:

  • BA2265 London Gatwick (LGW) 12:20 p.m. Departure ⇒ Montego Bay (MBJ) 5:30 p.m. Arrival
  • BA2264 Montego Bay (MBJ) 7:30 p.m. Departure ⇒ London Gatwick (LGW) 9:25 a.m. (+1) Arrival

BA’s service to Montego Bay will operate seasonally over the winter period — until Easter 2021.

As of 1 August, BA will also resume flights to Antigua (ANU), and as of 25 July, it will resume flights to St Lucia (UVF). The two routes yet to be relaunched are in addition to BA resuming flights to Barbados (BGI) and Kingston (KIN), which restarted on 18 July and 20 July, respectively — all from Gatwick.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, British Airways shifted all of its remaining operations to London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. Earlier this month, the carrier announced that it was set to gradually resume some service from London Gatwick, though just the heavy leisure routes to the Caribbean. Most other long-haul and short-haul operations remain at Heathrow, though BA is resuming some short-haul flights from Gatwick as of September.

Each of the routes BA plans to operate to the Caribbean coincide with the ability for U.K. travellers to holiday there without the need to quarantine on their return to England. Each of the countries — Barbados, Jamaica, Antigua and St Lucia — also appear on the FCO’s list, which exempts them from the “all but essential” travel restrictions.

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