Top awards for Gatwick's Caribbean flights
CASTRIES, St Lucia, Thursday April 21, 2011 – British Airways has collected two top accolades at the prestigious St Lucia Awards for flights to the island from Gatwick.
At the St Lucia Tourist Board awards evening at Vinopolis, London, British Airways was named Tour Operator with the largest growth to St Lucia and also received a special recognition award for ‘Commitment to St Lucia 2010’.
This summer British Airways has increased flights from Gatwick to St Lucia from five to seven a week.
With a 30 per cent increase in capacity across all flights to the region compared to the previous year, the airline now offers more seats to the Caribbean from the UK than any other carrier.
“British Airways has opened up St Lucia to the world. With a daily flight and four-class configuration, there is no reason why St Lucia can’t reach her true tourism potential. Thank you for having faith in the legendary offering of our island,” said Jean-Marc Flambert, director of marketing, UK and Europe, St Lucia Tourist Board.
“We have seen BA Holidays grow from strength to strength. In a competitive market it is great when a tour operator can record growth. BA Holidays have recorded phenomenal growth and we are grateful to all the hard work their team have put into achieve this.”
Colm Lacy, British Airways head of commercial Gatwick, said it was delighted to receive the high recognition from the Tourist Board.
“We have a distinct premium leisure strategy for Gatwick and St Lucia and the Caribbean are obviously a key part of that,” Lacy said.
In addition to St Lucia, in the last year British Airways has increased frequency from Gatwick to Barbados, St Kitts, Grenada, Antigua, Barbados, Cancun and Port of Spain, Trinidad. Last month also saw British Airways introduce a new twice weekly year round service from Gatwick to San Juan.
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