Caribbean Airlines, the national airline for Trinidad and Tobago, welcomed passengers at Gatwick Airport over the weekend for the first time in five years.
Travellers were boarding a flight to Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. This launched the new schedule of a non-stop twice-weekly service from Gatwick.
Departing from the London airport at 11.50am, the flight touches down in Port of Spain at 4.10pm local time. The return flight leaves at 6.40pm and arrives at Gatwick at 9.00am the next day.
“We are extremely happy to announce the start-up of our service from Gatwick to Piarco International Airport as our flights will provide a vital link between London and the Caribbean,” said Robert Corbie, Caribbean Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer.
“We are well positioned strategically to become the preferred airline for all customers flying between London and the Caribbean with seamless connections to South America. ‘Fly Caribbean’ to experience the warmth of the islands as soon as you step on board.”
Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer, said the new services will help holidaymakers and business travellers.
“This non-stop service will not only be welcomed by business travellers with links to the economic hub of Trinidad but also with holidaymakers wanting to soak up the Caribbean sun and vibrant culture this destination offers,” he said.
Gatwick has invested £20 million a month over the past two-and-a-half years to improve the services and facilities at the airport.
Gatwick claims to have developed speedier check-in systems, more efficient security processes and direct transport links to the centre of London.
With the Olympics just weeks away, the airport will need to support the huge surge in passenger numbers.