British Airways announced a new twice-a-week year ’round service from Gatwick Airport in London to San Juan in Puerto Rico, beginning March 28, 2011. This increases the number of flights operated by the carrier to the Caribbean to 64 a week across 15 destinations.

British Airways’ CEO, Willie Walsh, announced the route during a visit to the Caribbean for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Leadership Strategy conference last week.

“Our new joint business with American Airlines and Iberia opens up a host of new opportunities and connections to the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Martinique, Guadaloupe, St Maarten and the US Virgin Islands of St Croix and St Thomas,” Walsh said.

The new flights strengthen British Airways’ position as the largest European airline flying to the Caribbean region.

Walsh also said the airline would not give up its fight to persuade the British government to reduce air passenger duty to the Caribbean, by putting the region into the same tax band as the United States.