On hand to see off the inaugural Thomas Cook Airlines flight to Bridgetown were: Miss Barbados UK; Marc McCollin, Business Development Officer, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc; and Sharon Confue, Head of Sales UK, Thomas Cook Airlines. Passengers on the weekly service were able to sample this great-looking route launch cake.
- Thomas Cook Airlines has added its second Caribbean route from London Gatwick (LGW), starting services to Bridgetown (BGI) in Barbados, joining its existing winter services to Holguin in Cuba. Commencing on 16 December and operating until 23 March 2018, the weekly (Saturdays) A330-200 service will face direct competition from British Airways (11 times weekly), Virgin Atlantic Airways (daily) and TUI Airways (four times weekly). It should be noted that the airline has operated this route before as a 100% cruise charter, but seats were not available to purchase for any other customers. This is first time the airline has offered seat only to Bridgetown. Sharon Confue, Head of Sales UK, Thomas Cook Airlines said: “We have a long and established relationship with Barbados and the BTMI and I am delighted that we can now offer this fantastic and beautiful destination to our customers throughout the UK, with the addition of Gatwick to our Manchester programme.” Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, London Gatwick Airport, said: “We are delighted to help launch Thomas Cook Airlines’ new Gatwick flight to Barbados, an idyllic Caribbean island that always proves popular with UK travellers. This new service is yet another boost to Gatwick’s 60 strong long-haul network which now connects the UK to destinations across the globe.”