July 5, 2020 / On March 31, at the peak of the Covid pandemic, British Airways (BA) stopped all its Gatwick (LGW) operations and foresaw a return to the south London hub not before the end of the summer. Though, in the last few hours, the British flag carrier announced a restart of its Gatwick operations at the half of the month of July with five destinations served in the Caribbean.
In the last few days, a number of Caribbean Countries announced the uplift of lockdown or quarantine measures, allowing tourists from a selection of Countries where Covid pandemic is far from its peak to spend their holidays there. Enough for BA to plan a series of tourist-oriented services to the likes of Bermuda, Barbados, St. Lucia, Kingston and Antigua. All places familiar to wealthy British tourists.
Flights to Barbados will be the first to kick-in on July 18, with two weekly frequencies on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Bermuda will follow on July 20 with services every Mondays and Fridays. St.Lucia will have Tuesdays and Saturdays flights from July 25. Kingston will be served on Mondays and Saturdays from July 27, while Antigua will start on August 1 with services on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
All flights will be operated by the carrier’s Boeing 777-200ER. The schedule has been approved until the end of August, with no other flights planned, including short-to-medium-haul feeder services. De facto, BA’s summer 2020 activity will be made solely by point-to-point flights. All other operations, including European flights, will remain at Heathrow Terminal 5 for the foreseeable future, although a limited number of connections has been restarted from London City Airport (LCY) by subsidiary BA CityFlyer. (Photo British Airways)