British Airways has announced plans to increase frequencies on routes between Gatwick and St Lucia, Cape Town and Cancun.

This winter the carrier will offer nine weekly flights to St Lucia (with extra services being added on Wednesdays and Saturdays).

The news follows Virgin Atlantic’s decision to drop its route between Gatwick and St Lucia. As reported by Business Traveller last year, the carrier will cease flights on June 8, having served the Caribbean island nation for over 20 years.

BA says it will be the only airline with a “multi-weekly scheduled service between the UK and St Lucia”, following Virgin’s withdrawal.

In addition BA is adding an extra weekly service to its Gatwick-Cancun route, increasing flights to six per week from December 6.

Finally from January 10, 2021, the carrier is to add two weekly frequencies to its Gatwick-Cape Town route, offering a total of 19 flights per week from London to the South African coastal city.

This follows Virgin’s decision to relaunch flights to Cape Town from October 25, as reported by Business Traveller yesterday.

Commenting on the news Adam Carson, British Airways’ managing director of London Gatwick, said:

“We know our customers crave some winter warmth as these are incredibly popular destinations. To make it even easier to get there we’re increasing the number of flights to St Lucia, Cancun and Cape Town from London Gatwick and we’ve put them on days that work well to maximise travellers’ time and annual leave.”