British Airways has added Aruba and Georgetown (Guyana) to its network, two destinations you may not have expected. Georgetown was perhaps what Gatwick’s commercial director meant when he told me the airport was targeting more South American routes. BA also made Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, self-governing. It will now be non-stop in both directions, bypassing Saint Lucia.
All start next summer and are bookable. Before they materialize, Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands returns to London Heathrow. It will take off on October 29 via Nassau in both directions rather than via Antigua from Gatwick.
BA to start Aruba and Guyana
With around 5,000 return passengers in 2019, Aruba is not a big market from London. It’s no surprise: it’s in the Dutch Caribbean. As such it is surprisingly serviced, with BA to begin operation on Thursdays and Sundays from March 26, the day the airlines switch to summer 2023 timetables. Like many of the routes BA’s slimmer Caribbean from Gatwick, Aruba will be served by one stop.
In northern South America, Georgetown is another small market and will also be a one stop shop. According to booking data, it had around 9,000 London passengers in 2019. BA will take off for the Guyanese capital on March 27, with flights on Mondays and Thursdays.
The timetable for both routes is summarized below, with all local times. Like all of BA’s long-haul routes at Gatwick, they will use the B777-200ER.
- London Gatwick to Aruba (via Antigua): BA2157, 10:00-16:30; 2x per week
- Aruba to London Gatwick (via Antigua): BA2156, 18:30-10:15+1
- London Gatwick to Georgetown (via Saint Lucia): BA2159, 11.35am-6.05pm; 2x per week
- Georgetown to London Gatwick (via Saint Lucia): BA2158, 19:50-11:45+1
Aruba (AUA) and Georgetown (GEO) are new additions to BA’s network. Image: GCMap.
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London to Port of Spain
Port of Spain is a good sized market from London, thanks to those of Trinidadian origin in London. According to the British CAA, BA had around 66,000 passengers. Another 15,000 transited en route with other airlines.
If BA unbundles the route and makes it a non-stop termination service, it needs to be sure that it will work well. London-Port of Spain has a non-stop history, but not with BA. They include with BWIA, before selling its slots to London Heathrow in 2007, and BWIA’s successor Caribbean Airlines, which operated from 2012 to 2016 despite significant and continuing losses and stiff competition.
Caribbean Airlines is the latest airline to offer non-stop service between London and Port of Spain. Photo:
Arpingstone via Wikimedia
BA started in 2017
BA introduced Gatwick-Port of Spain in March 2007, two months before BWIA terminated the route from Heathrow. BA was first routed through Barbados before moving to Saint Lucia. It will become non-stop on March 27, with service on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. It is scheduled as follows, with all local times:
- Gatwick to Port of Spain: BA2239, 09:30-13:40
- Port of Spain to Gatwick: BA2238, 15:40-05:15+1
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