British Airways is raising frequency to the Caribbean as part of an expansion of long haul leisure routes from Gatwick.

But the number of flights to Orlando is dropping from nine to seven a week from the start of the summer 2011 timetable on March 27.

Barbados will see the number of weekly flights increase from 10 to 12, Antigua will increase from five to six a week and a St Lucia-Port of Spain service will increase to daily flights from five a week.

A new route to Cancun being launched in November is increasing from two to three frequencies a week for summer 2011.

A Gatwick-Tampa service is increasing from five to seven flights a week.

BA is also starting five flights a week from Heathrow to Tokyo’s Haneda airport in a push to open up the domestic Japanese market to UK travellers.

The Haneda service will begin on February 19 with a Boeing 777 in three-class configuration. Prices will start at £721 as BA seeks to tap into the Japanese domestic network served by Haneda. The airport is also located near the business centre in Tokyo.

BA said its daily service to Tokyo’s Narita airport will continue. 

“The route is performing well and operating from two airports in Tokyo provides customers with greater flexibility,” the airline said.

Additionally, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo will have their own daily direct flights. Currently the route stops first in Sao Paulo before going on to Argentina’s capital.