Holiday-makers looking for winter sunshine will have more choice from next year when British Airways increases long-haul flights from Gatwick to warmer climes.
The airline will increase services to top winter hotspots, with extra services to the Caribbean and Florida from October 26, 2014.
For the first time, the airline will be offering non-stop flights to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, with a twice-weekly service.
That means extra seats are available on flights to Antigua, which previously continued on to Punta Cana three times a week.
The number of flights to ever-popular Orlando will increase from seven to ten a week, to meet customer demand for part of the winter season. Meanwhile, Florida holiday-makers also benefit from another return flight to Tampa, resulting in a daily service to the Gulf-coast based city.
There are also two extra flights a week to Barbados, increasing services up to 12 per week during the peak winter season, and an extra weekly service to Kingston, bringing the number of weekly return flights up to four.
Colm Lacy, British Airways’ Gatwick commercial director, said: “These extra flights mean families and holiday-makers will have even more choice where to enjoy the winter sunshine, with fantastic direct services to Punta Cana and added flights to Barbados, Tampa, Orlando, Kingston and even more seats to Antigua.
“This builds on the extra flights we introduced for our Summer 2014 season, thanks to adding an extra Boeing 777 to our long-haul Gatwick fleet making our flying schedule to top leisure destinations even better.”
Return flights from Gatwick to Orlando cost from £518, including all taxes, fees and charges, while return flights to Tampa cost from £518, Punta Cana from £592 and Barbados, from £594 – all including taxes, fees and charges. Return flights to Las Vegas start from £606 while those from St Kitts cost from £641 and Kingston from £708.
All flight information can be found at ba.com/gatwick.
Notes to editors:
For further information please contact the British Airways press office on 020 8738 5100.
· British Airways now has ten long-haul Boeing 777-200s based at Gatwick
· Twelve flights a week will operate to Barbados from November 30 to February 29, while across the rest of the winter season there will be 10 flights a week
· Ten flights a week will operate to Orlando from October 26 to November 30 and from March 1 to March 28, while across the rest of the winter season there will be daily flights
· Four flights a week will operate to Kingston between December 07 and February 22, with the remainder of the season having three flights per week.
· New schedule for Winter 2014 starts on October 26:
Destination Old weekly frequency New weekly frequency
Punta Cana Three - indirect Two - direct
Tampa Six Daily
Orlando Seven Ten (part season)
Antigua Daily (with tags) Daily
Kingston Three Four (part season)
Barbados Ten Twelve (part season)