BA suspends flights after English Covid-19 lockdown
Bermuda’s air link with the UK was thrown into doubt yesterday after it was reported that British Airways planned to suspend all flights from London’s Gatwick Airport on a temporary basis.
The British Airways website showed that flights to Bermuda from Gatwick are available until November 11 – but none for a month after that.
Flights were listed to restart on December 11.
Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper said that the suspension was due to the lockdown restrictions introduced in England yesterday.
Overseas travel will only be permitted in special circumstances for the next four weeks as part of the response to a spike in Covid-19 cases.
The newspaper quoted a letter sent by British Airways to its staff that said the airline was “pausing all flights from Gatwick until December”.
The airline announced recently that it planned to switch its Bermuda services from Gatwick to Heathrow.
The change is due to happen on March 28 next year.
A spokeswoman for BA said that the airline had “urgently” reviewed its schedule for this month after the English lockdown was announced.
She added: “Our focus is on keeping crucial air links open - bringing home the thousands of customers currently abroad, transporting vital goods, and ensuring people who are permitted to travel in and out of the UK for work, education and other reasons stipulated by the UK Government, can continue to do so.
“We will be contacting customers whose flights are cancelled to offer refund options, as well as encouraging customers who wish to change their booking to do so via ba.com, where they can also request a voucher for future travel if their flight continues to operate.”
UPDATE: This article has been amended to add a statement from British Airways.