The Barbados Tourism Authority announced Wednesday that 12,278 travelers from the United States visited the island in January 2011, signifying an increase of 1,264 over 2010 and representing an 11.5 percent increase in visits. Total visitor figures posted were 52,685, an increase of 4,213 or 8.7 percent over 2010, marking the best January on record in the past four years.
In December 2010, Barbados welcomed a new non-stop flight route from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Bridgetown, Barbados. Operating three times weekly, the Boeing 757 aircraft with 22 seats in Business Class and 166 seats in the Coach cabin opens more direct service routes from the Western and Central regions of the United States.
In addition to the new DFW-BGI flight, American Airlines offers non-stop routes from New York, Miami and San Juan. JetBlue Airways flies non-stop daily from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and US Airways offers a weekly non-stop service each Saturday out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown, Barbados.