Airlines are giving The Caribbean region a lift as British Airways, Air Jamaica, Virgin, Monarch and JMC all announce the introduction of new flights to Antigua, Barbados, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Mexico, St Lucia and Tobago.
British Airways - Tobago, Grenada, Antigua, St Lucia, Nassau, Grand Cayman and Barbados
BA will expand capacity to Tobago, Grenada, Antigua and St Lucia for the winter to cope with the increased demand. There will be two additional Boeing 777s per week: one from Gatwick to Tobago and Grenada from 3 February to 24 March 2002 and one from Gatwick to Antigua and St Lucia from 4 February to 25 March 2002.
The airline is also increasing its frequency to Nassau and Grand Cayman from 2nd April 2002, by adding an extra flight on Tuesdays.
Concorde returned to Barbados in December 2001 along with a second Saturday flight from Gatwick and will continue in 2002
Monarch airlines - Grenada and Tobago
Monarch has introduced a double drop flight to Grenada and Tobago from Gatwick on a Thursday. The route will operate on behalf of tour operators Golden Caribbean, Neilson Activity and Tropical Places.
Virgin Atlantic - St Lucia
Virgin Atlantic has introduced an additional weekly flight to St Lucia. It will also add a new Tuesday service, travelling onwards to St Lucia from Barbados.
Air Jamaica - Havana, Montego Bay, Kingston
Air Jamaica introduce a new non-stop flight to Havana on a Monday from London Heathrow. From Havana, the flight will go on to Kingston.
The new Airbus A340-300 coming into operation on 21 March 2002 will mean that Air Jamaica`s summer timetable will operate more flights on direct non-stop routes from London Heathrow to Montego Bay and Kingston.
From 28 March 2002, Air Jamaica will also increase its London Heathrow service from five flights per week up to a nine times weekly. Services will be once daily, with twice daily flights operating on Sundays and Mondays.
Air Jamaica`s plans will also extend to other UK regions including, on 1 June 2002 serving the airline`s new UK departure point- Manchester. A twice-weekly Air Jamaica service into Montego Bay and Kingston will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
JMC - Dominican Republic, Cancun, Cuba, Mexico, Bahamas
JMC introduces a new Airbus A330-200 from Gatwick to Puerta Plata in the Dominican Republic on Fridays and from Gatwick to Cancun in Mexico on Sundays.
For Summer 2002 JMC will also introduce new weekly flights to Cuba, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic from Gatwick and to Mexico, the Bahamas, Cuba and the Dominican Republic from Manchester.