British Airways inaugural flight service celebrated
V.C Bird International Airport in Antigua will serve as an important hub for UK flag carrier British Airways, as the airline on Sunday launched its inaugural flight service from Antigua to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).
The route is historic, as it will be the first direct flight connection between the Eastern Caribbean and the TCI.
“The rise in popularity of Antigua and Barbuda and Turks and Caicos is demonstrated by British Airways agreeing to add a direct link between our two destinations,” Antigua and Barbuda minister of tourism, Asot Michael, said at a gathering of tourism officials from both countries to launch the service.
“This added service means new opportunities and choices available to us for increased business activities and closer collaboration. The end result will be greater economic growth while, simultaneously building the spirit of regional integration between our two countries,” he added.
The weekly flight from London Gatwick to Antigua on a Boeing 777 then onwards to Providenciales will operate every Sunday from March 29.
Michael said the new route allows for visa free travel and will encourage more business and leisure travellers to island hop from Antigua to TCI and vice versa.
Welcoming the airline, as they prepared to board the inaugural flight were Porsha Stubbs-Smith, TCI minister of tourism; Dr Kingsley Been, chairman of TCI Tourism Board; Ralph Higgs, director of tourism TCI; and Lavern Skippings-Reynolds, airport manager, Providenciales International Airport.
An invitation was extended to the government and the people of the TCI to travel to Antigua for the country's Summer Carnival: July 25 - August 4 2015.
With a new terminal to be opened in June, Antigua’s V.C. Bird International’s airport expansion will increase capacity, allowing the destination to develop new routes. The terminal, which will be the most modern in the Eastern Caribbean, will feature the latest technology, first class duty free shopping and VIP lounges, creating a more efficient and enhanced passenger experience.