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  • Joe Breitfeller

British Airways’ Inaugural Flights Touch Down in Aruba and Guyana

British Airways’ inaugural flights to both Aruba and Guyana have touched down, where they were greeted with a warm welcome in each capital. British Airways operates more routes to the Caribbean and Mexico than any other UK airline.

British Airways’ Inaugural Flight to Aruba, Flight BA 2157 Prepared to Touch Down on Sunday, March 26, 2023 – Photo Credit: Aschwin Maduro/British Airways

On Tuesday (March 28, 2023), British Airways celebrated the start of inaugural service to Aruba and Guyana, with both flights touching down and greeted with a warm welcome in the destinations’ respective capitals. British Airways operates more routes to the Caribbean than any other UK airline, and the addition of Aruba and Guyana expands the airline’s Caribbean network to 17 destinations.

Flight BA2157 departed London Gatwick (LGW) at 10:00 on Sunday March 26, 2023, and landed at Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) in Oranjestad, Ariba at 17:00 local time. The new Aruba route will operate twice weekly via Antigua on Thursdays and Sundays. On Monday, March 17, 2023, flight BA2159 departed London Gatwick at 11:35, landing at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO) in Georgetown, Guyana at 19:50 local time. Service to Guyana will be offered twice weekly via St. Lucia on Mondays and Thursdays.

Traveling on the inaugural flight, British Airways’ Cabin Crew member and native of Aruba, Arelis Spanner, said,

“This is such a special day – I’m so proud that British Airways is flying to my home country and to be able to travel on the inaugural flight has been an amazing homecoming.”

Operating the inaugural flight to Guyana, Captain Marc Chan, who was born in Guyana, said,

“My father was a BOAC and British Airways captain from 1968 until 1999. He used to look up as a small boy from the jungle at the silver BOAC jets flying high above and dreamed of one day becoming a pilot. My father, Michael Chan-Choong, was the first Guyanese pilot in BOAC. More than 50 years later I am very proud to help launch the inaugural service to Georgetown with my co-pilot Alan Brooks who has Caribbean heritage. It will mark my first steps onto the land of my father and is one of the highlights of my flying career.”

Biritish Airways' Inaugural Flight to Guyana, Flight BA2157, Arrives in Georgetown on Monday, March 27, 2023 - Courtesy British Airways

Both routes will be operated with a Boeing 777-200 aircraft featuring Club (Business Class), World Traveler Plus (Premium Economy), and World Traveller (Economy) cabins. Sunday (March 26th), also saw British Airways’ first nonstop flight to Sort of Spain in Trinidad, which will operate three time weekly from London Gatwick. Previously, the flight was operated via St. Lucia. Return Fares to Aruba start at £520, to Guyana from £499, and to Trinidad from £520.

Source: British Airways

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