LONDON, UK — Aruba and Guyana have recently been added to British Airways' route network, with the inaugural flights receiving a warm reception in the capital cities of both destinations.

British Airways now has more routes to the Caribbean and Mexico than any other UK airline, bringing the total number of destinations in the region to 17.

Flight BA2157 left London Gatwick (LGW) at 10:00 on Sunday, March 26, and arrived at Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) in Oranjestad, Aruba at 17:00 local time. The new route will operate twice a week through Antigua on Thursdays and Sundays.

For Arelis Spanner, a British Airways cabin crew member from Aruba, the BA2157 flight was particularly meaningful. She expressed her pride in the airline's expansion to her home country and the excitement of being on the inaugural flight.

On Monday, March 27, flight BA2159 departed from London Gatwick at 11:35 and arrived at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO) in Georgetown, Guyana at 19:50 local time. This flight will also run twice weekly, with stops in St Lucia on Mondays and Thursdays.

Both routes will operate a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, offering passengers a choice of three cabins: Club (business), World Traveller Plus (premium economy), and World Traveller (economy).

Additionally, on Sunday, March 26, British Airways launched its first direct flight to Port of Spain, Trinidad, which will run three times a week from London Gatwick. The flight previously had a layover in St Lucia.