National flag carrier British Airways has expanded its Caribbean network with the addition of two new services.
Aruba and Guyana have become the latest destinations to join British Airways’ network, with inaugural flights arriving to a warm welcome in the destinations’ respective capital cities.
British Airways operates more routes to the Caribbean and Mexico than any other UK airline, with Aruba and Guyana bringing the total number of destinations served in the region to 17.
Flight BA2157 departed London Gatwick (LGW) at 10:00 on Sunday 26 March and touched down at Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) in Oranjestad, Aruba at 17:00 local time.
The brand-new route will now operate twice weekly via Antigua on Thursdays and Sundays.
Having been born and raised in Aruba, this new route is a personal one for British Airways cabin crew member Arelis Spanner, who flew on the inaugural BA2157.
She said: “This is such a special day – I’m so proud that British Airways is flying to my home country and to be able to travel on the inaugural flight has been an amazing homecoming.”
The following day on Monday 27 March, flight BA2159 departed London Gatwick at 11:35, landing at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO) in Georgetown, Guyana at 19:50 local time.
This was the first of what will be a twice weekly flight service, operating via St Lucia on Mondays and Thursdays.
The flight was operated by Captain Marc Chan whose father was born in Guyana and, like Marc, also a British Airways captain. He said:
“My father was a BOAC and British Airways captain from 1968 until 1999. He used to look up as a small boy from the jungle at the silver BOAC jets flying high above and dreamed of one day becoming a pilot.”
“My father, Michael Chan-Choong, was the first Guyanese pilot in BOAC. More than 50 years later I am very proud to help launch the inaugural service to Georgetown with my co-pilot Alan Brooks who has Caribbean heritage.”
“It will mark my first steps onto the land of my father and is one of the highlights of my flying career.”
Both routes will operate on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, with three cabins for customers to choose from: Club (business), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy).
Sunday 26 March also saw the national flag carrier‘s first direct flight to Port of Spain, Trinidad, which will operate three times per week from London Gatwick. The flight was formerly via St Lucia.
The Caribbean travel market
The Caribbean remains a popular travel destination for tourists from the United Kingdom, offering a diverse range of attractions and activities that cater to a variety of interests.
Some of the reasons that make the Caribbean a popular travel market for UK travellers include:
- Beautiful beaches: The Caribbean is known for its stunning white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and tropical climate, making it an ideal destination for those looking to relax and soak up some sun.
- Rich culture and history: The Caribbean has a fascinating history and culture, with influences from African, European, and indigenous peoples. Many islands have historic landmarks and museums that provide a glimpse into their past.
- Outdoor activities: The Caribbean offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, and sailing, as well as hiking, cycling, and zip-lining.
- Luxury resorts and spas: The Caribbean is home to many luxurious resorts and spas, providing visitors with the opportunity to unwind and pamper themselves.
- Food and drink: Caribbean cuisine is renowned for its bold and spicy flavours, with many islands having their own unique dishes and drinks.