BA to increase flights to Orlando and Kingston
Published: 27/08/2013 - Filed under: News »
British Airways is increasing its Gatwick services to destinations including Orlando, Kingston and St Lucia from summer 2014.
The carrier will add another Boeing 777-200 to its LGW fleet next year.
As a result, BA will up its number of flights to Orlando from ten times weekly to 13, while its St Lucia service will increase from six weekly to daily.
Punta Cana, Antigua and Kingston will all benefit from an additional flight per week, meaning they will be served three, six and four times weekly respectively.
Peter Simpson, BA's director of Gatwick, said: "From next year our customers will be able to fly more often to many of our most popular destinations.
"Adding an extra Boeing 777 to our Gatwick fleet has enabled us to enhance our fantastic flying schedule by increasing flights to our top leisure destinations, giving our customers even more choice."
Earlier this month, BA announced it will adding an additional flight to its London Heathrow to Mexico City service from October (see news, August 16).
sparkyflyer - 28/08/2013 11:07
This is actually great news as it shows there is much more for confidence in the UK economy that will drive/already is driving, demand for such routes.
This is also great news for these destinations, esepcially the Caribean routes,as they have been really hit by the drop in tourism (partly due to APD) and the financial crisis.
Would live to see the recently dropped San Juan coming back, as that would be top of my list to visit, but surprised there is still no Fort Lauderdale, but maybe they are holding back in announcing summer 2014 routes and annoucing them together! Fort Lauderdale though I see as a Heathrow route myself, perhaps with 767.
AP_Traveller - 29/08/2013 09:49
Can't understand the reason why BA would add a Fort Lauderdale route when it is so close to Miami.
David61 - 29/08/2013 19:49
Only good news if you live in London or the South East. Nowhere else matters to London Airways.
SergeantMajor - 02/09/2013 09:16
Miami is a oneworld hub, and a busy leisure and business destination.
Many people are connecting onto AA to their final destination, and Heathrow flights are often full (despite five direct services per day between BA/AA).
MIA is also a very busy airport, which isn't much fun to transit, while Fort Lauderdale has scope for growth and serving it from Gatwick would avoid BA needing to use up another valuable slot at LHR, as well as targetting the premium leisure market. FLL may offer incentives to launch direct service to Europe, and it's a route ideally suited to the 787.
Developing a dedicated Fort Lauderdale flight, possibly from Gatwick, would be ideal for those who are point to point, leisure travellers - BA serves Newark and JFK, Tampa and Orlando, LA and San Diego so there is precedent for such proximate but differentiated services.
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