British Airways has broadened its Caribbean route map, welcoming two new destinations to its roster and bringing its total number of destinations served in the region to 17.
New Flights To Aruba
On Sunday 26th March, flight BA2157 departed London Gatwick (LGW), UK, bound for Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) in Oranjestad, Aruba, touching down at 17:00 local time. The route will operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays via Antigua.
Having been born and raised in Aruba, this new route is personal for one British Airways cabin crew member. Arelis Spanner, who flew on the inaugural flight, 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.”
Aruba is a beautiful island in the southern Caribbean Sea with stunning white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Visitors can enjoy a variety of water sports, including snorkelling and diving, or explore the island’s natural wonders, such as Arikok National Park. Aruba is a perfect destination for a relaxing getaway with a pleasant year-round climate and friendly locals.
New Flights To Guyana
On March 27th, following the successful Aruba route, flight BA2159 departed London Gatwick (LGW), landing at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO) in Georgetown, Guyana, at 19:50 local time.
Captain Marc Chan was in the cockpit of this inaugural flight, whose father was also a BA captain and was born in Guyana.
“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.”
If you’re an adventurous traveller seeking a unique and lesser-known destination, Guyana might be the perfect fit. Located on the northern coast of South America, this country displays a stunning variety of landscapes, including lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, and expansive savannahs.
Both flights are operating on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, a long-range, twin aisle, twin-engine jet, with three cabins for customers to choose from:
- World Traveller (economy)
- World Traveller Plus (premium economy)
- Club (business)
Sunday also saw BA’s first direct flight to Port of Spain, Trinidad, operating three times per week from London Gatwick (LGW). British Airways aren’t the only airline increasing flights to the Caribbean region. Virgin Atlantic announced they were launching new routes to Turks & Caicos in addition to their island portfolio last year.
Were you on either of these flights? Are you planning on flying with British Airways to Aruba or Guyana? Let us know in the comments!