British Airways is raising frequency between Gatwick and Barbados next Easter.
Over the March 26–April 16 vacation period, an additional 3,336 UK tourists may go to Barbados on three additional flights, increasing the total number of weekly departures from Gatwick to eight.
Currently, BA operates five weekly flights to Bridgetown from the airport; starting on October 30, bigger Boeing 777-300 planes will operate from Heathrow.
Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) chair Shelly Williams said: “British Airways is a long-standing partner, that continues to demonstrate commitment to Barbados.
“Our mutually beneficial relationship has grown from strength to strength, even in the face of challenges such as the pandemic, fluctuating pound and rising fuel costs.
“Increasing services between London Gatwick and Barbados at a time that other carriers are opting to redirect their services to shorter haul destinations, speaks volumes for destination Barbados and our relationship management.
“Easter has always been special to us, so this new capacity is particularly welcomed during this key period for the UK travel trade and our tourism partners in Barbados.”
Following Barbados’ removal of all Covid restrictions in September, there was a capacity upgrade.
100,702 stay over tourists from the UK, or little under half of all foreign arrivals, were the main source market for visitors to Barbados between January and July.
From November 2 to April 30, 2023, BA partner airline Aer Lingus will resume service between Manchester and Bridgetown, and on October 31, Virgin Atlantic will resume service from the hub in the northwest.