British Airways will launch a new service to Montego Bay in Jamaica, with a Boeing 777 departing Gatwick on Tuesdays and Saturdays from October 13.

Fares are now on sale, with prices from £427 return.

The airline has also now resumed flying to Antigua (from August 1), Barbados (from July 18), Kingston (also Jamaica, from July 20) and St Lucia (from July 25), albeit with reduced frequencies.

Diane Corrie, BA’s commercial manager for the Caribbean, said: “We’re excited to be extending our network once again between London Gatwick and the Caribbean with the start of this new flight to Montego Bay in October, as well as resuming our services to Antigua, Barbados, Kingston and St Lucia.

“We know people are keen to travel and the sunshine and beaches across the Caribbean combined with great resorts and entertainment makes it a winning destination.”

Colin Pegler, chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s UK & Europe chapter, said the news was greatly encouraging.

“As one of the Caribbean’s most crucial and longstanding flight partners we are delighted to see such endorsement from our national carrier,” he said.

“It is vital to the region, our tour operator, hotel and destination partners that the resumption of airlift is quick and comprehensive as we look forward to welcoming tourists once more.”

Donovan White, Jamaica Tourist Board’s tourism director, also welcomed news of the new and revived services.

“During these unprecedented times, Jamaica has implemented robust health protocols to ensure the wellbeing of all residents and visitors,” he said.

“As an incredibly popular Caribbean destination, with over 225,000 Brits visiting each year, we look forward to welcoming even more British visitors. Now more than ever, we are thrilled to have British Airways’ continued support to drive visitation from the UK market.”

The Montego Bay service will operate over the winter period until Easter 2021.

All new routes remain subject to government approval.