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British Airways is to launch a new winter seasonal route from London Gatwick to Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Flights will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 13 October 2020 until Easter 2021.
The route will be operated with a three class Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
It may seem unusual for the airline to launch a new route at a time of significantly reduced demand. However, it’s worth recalling that after the 2008 financial crisis, BA pivoted towards long-haul leisure routes and added a number of destinations at Gatwick such as Male and Cancun. There may also be an element of subsidy for this route.
Virgin Atlantic previously flew to Montego Bay from Gatwick and is due to restart the route from London Heathrow on Friday 2 October 2020. This move by BA will obviously put competitive pressure on Virgin Atlantic.
BA At Gatwick
BA is gradually resuming long-haul destinations at Gatwick.
Flights are operating with reduced frequency to Barbados, Bermuda and Kingston. The following destinations will resume throughout the summer:
St Lucia – Saturday 25 July
Antigua – Saturday 1 August
Cancun – Monday 17 August
Punta Cana – Tuesday 1 September
New York JFK is suspended until Sunday 25 October. Lima and Toronto will not return until summer 2021.
As the South Terminal is currently closed to passenger flights, these will operate from the North Terminal.
Flights are on sale now at ba.com
London Gatwick – Montego Bay
Flight BA2265 Depart London Gatwick 13:20 – Arrive Montego Bay 17:30 (Tuesday & Saturday)
Flight BA2264 Depart Montego Bay 19:30 – Arrive London Gatwick 10:25 (Tuesday & Saturday)
Timings are indicative and subject to change.