British Airways has announced new London Gatwick to Montego Bay flights starting from October 13, 2020.
The new flights will be operated by a three-cabin (World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World) B777, and will depart on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
British Airways’ other flights to the Caribbean from Gatwick are Antigua (from August 1), Barbados (from July 18), Kingston (Jamaica, from July 20) and St Lucia (from July 25), albeit with reduced frequencies.
Diane Corrie, British Airways’ commercial manager for the Caribbean, said: “We’re excited to be extending our network once again between London Gatwick and the Caribbean with the start of this new flight to Montego Bay in October, as well as resuming our services to Antigua, Barbados, Kingston and St Lucia.”
“Customers whose flights were affected over recent months, and who claimed a voucher can use it towards the flights.”
Flight BA2265 will depart London Gatwick on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 1220 arriving at 1730 and the BA2264 will return from Montego Bay to London Gatwick on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 1930 arriving at 0925 the following day.
Donovan White, Jamaica Tourist Board’s Director of Tourism, said: “We’re delighted that British Airways has announced a twice weekly service to Montego Bay from London Gatwick from October 13, 2020, adding to its regular London Gatwick – Kingston service and further bolstering the number of flights from the UK to Jamaica.
“During these unprecedented times, Jamaica has implemented robust health protocols to ensure the wellbeing of all residents and visitors. As an incredibly popular Caribbean destination, with over 225,000 Brits visiting each year, we look forward to welcoming even more British visitors. Now more than ever, we are thrilled to have British Airways’ continued support to drive visitation from the UK market.”
British Airways says that it has introduced a range of measures to keep customers and staff safe. These include asking passengers to:
- not travel if they think they have any symptoms of Covid-19
- check-in online, download their boarding pass and where possible self-scan their boarding passes at the departure gate.
- observe social distancing and use hand sanitisers that are placed throughout airports.
- wear a face mask at all times and bring enough to replace them every four hours for longer flights.
- ensure they have everything they need from their hand luggage before departure, and where possible, storing their carry-on bag under the seat in front of them
In addition, the airline’s cabin crew will be wearing personal protective equipment and there is a new food service, which reduces the number of interactions required with customers.
British Airways says it is cleaning all key surfaces including seats, screens, seat buckles and tray tables after every flight and each aircraft is “completely cleaned from nose to tail every day”.
It also emphasises the HEPA filters, which remove microscopic bacteria and virus clusters with over 99.9 per cent efficiency.