British Airways flight from London Heathrow landed at Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday after thirty years since British Airways operated a flight to Antigua from Heathrow. The flight is a key step in bringing further accessibility to UK travellers following the inclusion of Antigua and Barbuda on the UK’s coveted Green List.
Charles Fernandez, Minister for Tourism and Investment has said “The increase in airlift with British Airways is a very positive step for Antigua and Barbuda. The island is currently the number one destination in the Caribbean for BA and with additional flights running over summer and beyond, we are in a strong position to cater to the strong demand from one of our most important markets.”
The European market will also benefit from the new route which allows for seamless airline connections from Heathrow, which is a major gateway into the United Kingdom for many European airlines.
Cherrie Osborne, Director of Tourism UK & Europe for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has said “It’s an excellent time to bring key UK journalists and agents to Antigua and Barbuda so they can safely experience the destination for themselves. The demand for holidays to Antigua and Barbuda has been immense, particularly with our inclusion on the UK’s Green List. This is an opportune trip to reach this key market in order to encourage bookings and visitation this summer and beyond.”
The addition to the UK’s Green List has been a key turning point this year as UK travellers are able to now holiday in Antigua and Barbuda without the need for quarantine on their return to the UK.