August 10, 2022

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British Airways Celebrated for 60 Years of Service to Antigua and Barbuda

ABTA CEO Colin C. James makes presentation to British Airways Partnerships Supervisor Marc James visiting from the UK

[ST. JOHN’S, Antigua] – Antigua and Barbuda marked British Airways sixtieth anniversary of flying to Antigua with a cocktail reception hosted by the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority on the Rock Cottage, Blue Waters.

Setting the celebratory temper and greeting British Airways executives, hoteliers, aviation, and tourism stakeholders to incorporate representatives from the Antigua and Barbuda Lodges and Tourism Affiliation, the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda had been welcoming cultural dancers and the melodious sounds of the steelband.

Sturdy Partnership

The Honourable Charles Fernandez, Minister of Tourism and Funding talking on the occasion, congratulated the airline on the wonderful relationship created all through the sixty-year interval. He expressed curiosity in continued partnership and the additional development of flights to the vacation spot.

Antigua and Barbuda celebrates British Airways
British Airways’ Patrice Skerritt makes plaque presentation to Tourism Minister The Hon. Charles Fernandez

“British Airways has for sixty years linked travellers from the UK and Europe to Antigua and Barbuda, permitting us to share our tradition, our heritage, our hospitality, and the fantastic thing about our vacation spot. As a trusted companion, British Airways is interwoven into our tourism story. We share a wealthy historical past – from vacation spot partnerships, advertising and marketing campaigns, to unwavering help throughout instances of want, they’ve indubitably contributed to the success of our tourism product. As we share on this momentous event, we congratulate and applaud BA. We look ahead to many extra years of partnership, and a mutually rewarding relationship with our twin-island paradise.”

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British Airways, Regional Director (Antigua, St. Kitts, and Turks & Caicos) Patrice Skerritt commenting on the tourism celebrations stated: “We’re most appreciative of your efforts in recognizing this milestone with us at British Airways.

“British Airways has all the time had a really sturdy relationship with Antigua and Barbuda and for sixty years – three generations – we’ve flown guests to take pleasure in holidays, and we’ve reunited our Caribbean family and friends each right here within the area and in London and past.”

Skerritt thanked the gathering for becoming a member of within the anniversary celebrations and famous that the airline appeared ahead to serving the route for a lot of extra years to come back. British Airways then recalled British Abroad Airways Company (BOAC) first touched down at V. C. Fowl Worldwide Airport on June 1, 1962.


A sense of nostalgia was delivered to the occasion, as CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin C. James shared tales of the airline from its first voyage to Antigua in 1962, their 1965 company sponsorship of Antigua Carnival, the November 2 1984 arrival of the Concorde to Antigua, and the event of a modern-day partnership thought of a “marriage made in heaven, with an airline that has all the time served the vacation spot nicely”.

Black Pineapple Award

In November 2019, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority honoured British Airways as an excellent companion. They offered the airline with a ‘Black Pineapple Award’ for his or her contribution to the success of the summer time advertising and marketing marketing campaign #WhatCoolLooksLike.

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Antigua and Barbuda celebrates British AirwaysPresents

The celebrations featured the presentation of a phenomenal British Airways airline sculpted cake to British Airways’ Regional Director – Airports Patrice Skerritt and Key Partnership Supervisor visiting from the UK, Marc James.

British Airways was additionally offered with a reproduction of a historic picture obtained from the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda of 1965 Carnival Queen Hyacinth Barrow waving to on-lookers as she ready to board BOAC on a prize-win flight to England. Minister Fernandez was additionally gifted with a sixty-year commemorative plaque from the airline.