British Airways will fly from London Gatwick to Aruba and Georgetown, Guyana in summer 2023.
BA will fly to Queen Beatrix International Airport on the island of Aruba twice weekly on Thursday & Sunday from 26 March 2023. This operates as a “tag on” to existing flights from Gatwick to Antigua.
A constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Aruba is located 18 miles north of the Paraguaná Peninsula of Venezuela.
The airline will also fly to Georgetown, Guyana twice weekly on Monday & Thursday from 27 March 2023. The service to Cheddi Jagan International Airport also operates as a “tag on” on BA’s service from Gatwick to Saint Lucia.
BA’s parent company International Airlines Group released its half year results today, Friday 29 July 2022.
BA reported its first operating profit since COVID-19 with a profit of £54 million for the second quarter of this year. At a group level IAG made an operating profit of €293 million.
Again, BA’s recovery from COVID-19 lags that of other IAG airlines. BA’s capacity measured by Available Seat Kilometres was around 30% less than the same quarter in 2019. This compares to 13% for Iberia. Passenger revenue was also 27% less at BA, compared to 4% less for the same quarter at Iberia.
Premium leisure revenue has recovered to around 85% of 2019 levels. Premium business revenue has recovered to around 60% of 2019 levels. Again, this lags Iberia.
British Airways has relaunched its winter seasonal route from London Gatwick to Cape Town.
The route returns for the first time since COVID-19 on Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Flights will operate three times weekly until Saturday 25 March 2023.
Flights depart Gatwick on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, with the return flights from Cape Town the following day.
Extra flights to Cape Town are welcome. Though for Club World passengers you should be guaranteed to have BA’s Club Suite on a flight between Heathrow and Cape Town. Whereas at Gatwick, you are guaranteed to have BA’s old Club World cabin.
According to BA’s latest schedule updates, it will add a second daily flight from Heathrow to Cape Town on 20 November.
Sadly, following the demise of its franchise partner Comair, BA does not offer local flights within South Africa. BA does have an interline agreement with AirLink and South African Airways.