The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority has confirmed the introduction of additional British Airways direct flights from the UK to Saint Lucia. The two additional weekly flights from London Gatwick to Hewanorra International Airport on Wednesdays and Saturdays will bring the total of British Airways flights per week across the winter schedule to nine.
The additional services will commence operation on October 28, 2020, and run until March 27, 2021, with no onward tag.
The decision by British Airways to increase the flights comes as Saint Lucia closed 2019 with over 400,000 stay-over arrivals. For the period January to December 2019, Saint Lucia recorded 423,736 stay-over visitors—the highest in the island’s history.
The UK figures for the year are up 6.2 percent totaling 83,677 visitors. UK travelers lead the way in terms of duration of stay average at 10.76 nights per visit.
Director of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority UK & Europe Patricia Charlery-Leon said in a written release, “British Airways has already added additional flights this summer, so these new winter flights will help us to continue our momentum during our high season.”
Flying Boing 777 aircraft, the long-haul BA flights will depart London Gatwick at 12:20 p.m. to arrive at Hewanorra International at 5:15 p.m. (local times) on Wednesdays and then again on Saturdays to allow for better connections.