British Airways starts new route to Montego, resumes services to Caribbean Islands

British Airways has recently announced plans to commence a new route between Gatwick and Montego Bay in Jamaica from October 13, 2020.

Montego Bay is a sought-after tourist hotspot, known for its beaches, water sports, resorts and nightlife. Flights to Montego Bay, which will be operated by a three-cabin (World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World) Boeing 777, will depart on Tuesdays and Saturdays and are now on sale on ba.com, with prices starting from £427 return. The Montego Bay service will operate over the winter period until Easter 2021.

As part of its commitment to the Caribbean, the airline resumed flying to Antigua, Barbados, Kingston and Jamaica and St Lucia in July, although with reduced frequencies.

Diane Corrie, British Airways’ commercial manager for the Caribbean, said: ‘We’re excited to be extending our network once again between London Gatwick and the Caribbean with the start of this new flight to Montego Bay in October, as well as resuming our services to Antigua, Barbados, Kingston and St Lucia.

‘We know people are keen to travel and the sunshine and beaches across the Caribbean combined with great resorts and entertainment makes it a winning destination. And with flights to our new Montego Bay route starting from under £500 return, what’s not to love?!’

Colin Pegler, Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation Chapter UK & Europe, said: ‘The CTO Chapter UK & Europe is greatly encouraged by BA’s return to the Caribbean. As one of the Caribbean’s most crucial and longstanding flight partners we are delighted to see such endorsement from our national carrier. It is vital to the region, our tour operator, hotel and destination partners that the resumption of airlift is quick and comprehensive as we look forward to welcoming tourists once more.’

British Airways has introduced a range of measures to keep its staff and customers safe from the health risks of Covid 19. These include: checking-in online, downloading boarding pass and where possible self-scanning their boarding passes at the departure gate; observing social distancing and using hand sanitisers that are placed throughout airports; wearing a facemask at all times and bringing enough to replace them every four hours for longer flights; urging customers to avoid travel in case of any symptoms of Covid-19; requiring cabin crew to wear PPE and a new food service, which reduces the number of interactions required with customers, among others.

Thomas Cook launches summer 2019 holidays, adds Jamaica to its list of long haul destinations

UK holiday company Thomas Cook has announced the launch of its summer 2019 holiday schedule with the re-introduction of package holidays and flights to Jamaica.

Thomas Cook has re-introduced flights and holidays to Jamaica, which last featured in 2015, following increased customer demand. Thomas Cook Airlines will operate a weekly flight from Manchester to Montego Bay between May and October 2019.

The company’s offering to Jamaica boasts adventure, with a zip line through a rain forest, an experience of the Mystic Mountains as well as swimming in a dark lagoon. Four of the hotels being offered feature in Trip Advisor’s top 25 all- inclusive resorts for the Caribbean and three of them are in Trip Advisors’ top 25 hotels for families in the Caribbean.

Thomas Cook has also announced additional regional flights for the launch of summer 2019, with new flights and holidays from Cardiff and Belfast to Tunisia and the extension of Manchester to Marrakech.

Chris Mottershead, Managing Director at Thomas Cook UK, said: ‘We are delighted to be launching our summer 2019 holidays this early, with even more choice for our customers looking to travel further afield thanks to the addition of Jamaica. We know that many of our customers like to return to the same hotel each year, or travel on particular dates, so being able to book early means they can make sure they get the holiday that best suits them. We’ve also added more regional flights for summer 2019, making it even easier to get away locally to places like Tunisia which is once again proving popular as an affordable holiday.’

The offer also includes a zero deposit buy now-pay later scheme, allowing customers to book breaks for summer 2019 with no immediate payment, and enabling them to spread the cost with monthly direct debit payments.

Thomas Cook offers seven nights in Jamaica from £1,149 per person, based on two adults sharing. The service will commence in June 2019 with stay arranged at the three star Royal Decameron Montego Beach on an all- inclusive basis.

Thomas Cook Airlines is offering return flights from Manchester to Montego Bay from £450 per person, including hold and hand luggage, a James Martin meal and seatback entertainment. Tickets are available to book at www.thomascookairlines.com, the company said.