The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts says it is thrilled at the launch of British Airways' new direct flight service from Gatwick to Port of Spain, which started on March 26.
In a media release the Ministry said:
"The new service is expected to provide a significant boost to the country's tourism industry and strengthen the economic ties between the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago."
The new nonstop BA flight service will operate from London Gatwick (LGW) to Port of Spain (POS) on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, weekly.
The last time Port of Spain was linked directly to London was in 2016, when Caribbean Airlines offered nonstop flights to Gatwick.
"This new service is expected to enhance our destination's appeal to travellers from the United Kingdom, by giving them access to be able to enjoy the vibrant culture, scenic beauty, and warm hospitality of Trinidad and Tobago with ease," the Ministry said.
"We are delighted to welcome the new BA direct service to Port of Spain. The United Kingdom is a significant market for us, and we believe this new service will provide a substantial boost to our tourism industry,” said Randall Mitchell, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. “We look forward to welcoming more British travellers and even returning nationals to our beautiful islands and showcasing all that Trinidad and Tobago has to offer."
According to Minister Mitchell, with the ease of direct travel, business and other travellers will have more time to focus on their work and/or leisure and build stronger relationships with their counterparts.
“This new service also shows the level of confidence that British Airways has in the Port-of- Spain route,” Minister Mitchell said.
He added: “With the estimated size of BA aircraft servicing this route having an average capacity of approximately 312—dependant on the airline’s configuration—Trinidad can now see its inbound market increase by at least 1,000 passengers weekly from this region alone.”