BA picks up St Lucia service after Virgin Atlantic drops popular winter sun destination

British Airways has announced a new tranche of flights for passengers travelling to winter-sun hot-spots St Lucia, Cape Town and Cancun from London Gatwick. The airline will launch the regular multi-weekly scheduled service between the UK and St Lucia, following Virgin Atlantic’s decision to stop serving the route after 8 June 2020.

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Passengers will now be able to choose from nine flights per week – two more than the daily flight British Airways flew last winter to the paradise island and matching the number of flights available to travellers over the Summer.

The additional flights will take off on Wednesdays and Saturdays, coinciding with popular travel days and enabling holidaymakers to make the most of their time off.

Customers travelling to Cancun from 6 December 2020 will also be able to make the most of an extra weekly service to the Mexican holiday capital departing on Sundays, taking the number of weekly flights up to six.

“These are incredibly popular destinations”

From 10 January 2021, there will also be two extra flights a week from London Gatwick to the ever-popular Cape Town, which enjoys beautifully warm temperatures for the first three months of the year.  The new services will mean that customers can choose from 19 flights a week to Cape Town from London to suit their schedule, with the outbound and return flights overnight to maximise time in South Africa, alongside 14 to Johannesburg, again overnight both ways, and three to Durban.

Adam Carson, British Airways’ Managing Director of London Gatwick, said: “We know our customers crave some winter warmth as these are incredibly popular destinations. To make it even easier to get there we’re increasing the number of flights to St Lucia, Cancun and Cape Town from London Gatwick and we’ve put them on days that work well to maximise travellers’ time and annual leave.”

British Airways flies to more than 70 destinations from London Gatwick, offering a variety of routes to suit both business and leisure travellers. As always, members of the British Airways Executive Club  can earn Avios on their British Airways booking.  Avios can be spent on Reward flights, upgrades, hotels, car rental and cutting the cost of a flight. When using Avios part payment, customers can pick from a range of savings by destination and cabin and they still collect Avios and Tier Points on their bookings.

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