Business Leaders Welcome Switch To Heathrow

September 30, 2020

“Leaders of hospitality and global business associations in Bermuda have welcomed the announcement British Airways will switch London gateways to Bermuda from Gatwick to Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 starting next spring.

A spokesperson said, “The agreement, announced yesterday by BA and the Ministry of Transport, followed discussions between BA and the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA], Bermuda Airport Authority [BAA], Skyport Corporation, and air-service consultants Ailevon Pacific. The new service takes effect March 28, 2021, operated by a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Representatives of the island’s major industry groups applauded the accord, noting London’s biggest airport offers the island a wealth of new and diverse connecting routes that will stimulate leisure and business travel.

From left [top row] John Huff, Aaron Adderley, Kendaree Burgess, Andy Burrows; [bottom row] Greg Wojciechowski, Jo Stanton, Stephen Todd, Sylvia Oliveira

Bermuda’s Business Leaders Sept 2020

Skyport Corporation

“Skyport recognises the value of the British Airways London Heathrow service for Bermuda and the potential it has to significantly stimulate air connectivity to and from Europe,” said Aaron Adderley, President, Skyport Corporation. “This new daily 777 service will clearly encourage Bermudian tourism and international business travel, with further benefit to the Bermudian economy. It is truly a landmark achievement and we are pleased to have worked closely with BAA, the BTA and the Bermuda Government to bring this opportunity to fruition.”

Bermuda Hotel Association [BHA]

“Our members are pleased to learn that Bermuda’s primary airlift connection from the United Kingdom will move to London Heathrow next spring,” said Stephen Todd, CEO, Bermuda Hotel Association. “This gives Bermuda an excellent opportunity to expand our outreach to attract a greater number of UK-based and European visitors via this gateway connection. It also provides greater connectivity to Bermuda at a time when we are seeking to reach a broader cross-section of international travellers and capitalise on the island’s growing reputation in this pandemic as an exceptionally safe destination.”

Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers [ABIR]

“The change to London Heathrow will be a tremendous benefit to Bermuda’s international companies using London as the travel portal to the EU,” said John M Huff, CEO of the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers [ABIR], that represents major property and casualty insurers and reinsurers doing business in 150 countries. “Avoiding the Gatwick-to-Heathrow shuttle on continental European travel will be a real time and expense saver for business and tourist travellers.”

Association of Bermuda International Companies [ABIC]

“Our island’s economy depends on international connections and we are very pleased this change has been negotiated,” said Richard Winchell, CEO, Association of Bermuda International Companies. “Heathrow is the base for many long-range international carriers and offers improved access to the world and links to London. This is very helpful to Bermuda, our residents and our international business sector.”

Bermuda International Long-Term Insurers & Reinsurers [BILTIR]

“BILTIR applauds the Bermuda Government’s efforts to secure a direct flight between Bermuda and London Heathrow,” said Sylvia Oliveira, Chair, Bermuda International Long-Term Insurers & Reinsurers. “This new route will improve Bermuda’s international connection and support our members in bringing more business to Bermuda to support the local economy.”

Bermuda Stock Exchange [BSX]

“The value of securing the convenience of flying into Terminal 5 for onward connections to other business centres on the Continent, as well ease of access to central London, cannot be overstated,” said Greg Wojciechowski, CEO, Bermuda Stock Exchange. “This gateway opens Bermuda’s nexus to Frankfurt, Zurich, Geneva, Munich, Amsterdam, from my perspective, along with onward connections to Africa and the Middle East.”

Bermuda Chamber of Commerce

“We are pleased to hear of the switch to London Heathrow from Gatwick,” said Kendaree Burgess, CEO, Bermuda Chamber of Commerce. “We believe the change will positively impact the number of leisure visitors to our shores and will be more convenient for business travellers moving to and from European gateways. We look forward to hearing more details of the change.”

Bermuda Business Development Agency [BDA]

“We welcome the change and opportunity of the BA flight moving from Gatwick to London Heathrow, particularly at a time when international travel has been significantly reduced,” said Roland Andy Burrows, CEO of the Bermuda Business Development Agency. “There are a number of benefits, both for Bermuda-based businesses and the global clients we serve. Not only is the airport closer to the city itself but as the major air hub in London for international passengers, it will be even more convenient for those who are currently able to fly from across Europe, Asia and the rest of the world to connect with and do business in Bermuda. The strength of the government’s response to COVID-19 has meant Bermuda is safe, open for business and actively welcoming visitors. This move adds to Bermuda’s standing as an accessible and globally connected jurisdiction.”

ILS Bermuda

“We are excited the flight is moving to BA’s Terminal 5 at Heathrow, which has excellent facilities for both leisure and business travellers,” said Jo Stanton, Vice Chair, ILS Bermuda. “Heathrow has much-needed connections to markets that are crucial to our industry in Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as seamless transfer to central London—which will be further enhanced when the new Elizabeth line comes into operation.”

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