The upcoming winter tourism season could be a bumper one with an increase of British Airways (BA) flights from 10 to 12 per week to Barbados.

Tourism officials are predicting that the extra flights, slated to run from November 30 to February, 28 2015, will bring an additional 600 British holiday makers for some fun in the sun.

Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy, who attended a recent business trip to the United Kingdom said he was extremely pleased by the strong forward books and noted: ???For the past 60 years, Barbados has enjoyed an illustrious relationship with British Airways. As a key partner in promoting the island to the UK market, British Airways has been instrumental in continuing to boost the island???s tourism economy, and its reputation as the UK???s favourite Caribbean destination.???

He further stated: ???The increase in services to Barbados marks British Airways??? continuing commitment to the island and will serve as a welcome addition to increase inbound travel from the UK market.???

Meanwhile, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Barbados Tourism Authority???s office in London, Petra Roach, said she was heartened by the news about increased airlift during the upcoming winter season.

??????We will be working assiduously with our travel partners to ensure that we maximise on this additional capacity. 2014 promises to be a positive year and we appreciate the confidence that BA has instilled in one of their top long haul destinations,??? she underlined.

BA???s Gatwick Commercial Director, Colm Lacy, said the extra flights would allow families and holiday makers to ???have even more choice where to enjoy the winter sunshine???.

???This [increase in flights] builds on the extra flights we introduced for our summer 2014 season by adding an extra Boeing 777 to our long-haul Gatwick fleet making our flying schedule to top leisure destinations even better,??? he added.

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