British Airways is to operate the first scheduled service from the UK to the Turks and Caicos. The new weekly service from Gatwick is to start on Sunday 3 June.
The Boeing 767 service will fly on Sundays to and from Providenciales, the islands’ main resort, via Nassau. It will be operated as a three cabin service, offering First, Club World and World Traveller.
The 40 islands, of which eight are inhabited, are a self-governing British Overseas Territory located in the North Atlantic Ocean 575 miles southeast of Miami. The main islands consist of two groups - the Turks group, which includes the capital Grand Turk and Salt Cay; and the Caicos group, which includes West Caicos and Providenciales.
Robin Hayes, British Airways Head of Leisure said: “I am excited by the start of this new service, the islands are amongst the fastest growing travel destination in the Caribbean, showing increases in visitor arrivals last year of up to 27 per cent. We are confident that there will be strong demand for the service, particularly for honeymoons and luxury holidays and we are working with over ten UK tour operators to promote the islands.
“Although we see it primarily as a leisure route, we also expect to see some demand from business passengers as the islands are a centre for financial services.”
The islands are well known for their beautiful deserted beaches, marine life and watersports. Accommodation ranges from five star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, private villas to small inns.