Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and JetBlue have jointly announced the expansion of JetBlue’s seasonal weekly service on Saturdays to year-round service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) beginning on May 4, 2019.
Barbados has continued to see an increase in U.S. arrival numbers for the fourth consecutive year with 2018 producing a record of 204,830 visitors from the U.S, an increase of 8.4 percent from 2017. The BTMI says high-level airline partnerships continue to be a priority for Barbados, which has already seen an increase in airlift and new gateways in other cities, such as Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Boston.
“Increased airlift continues to be core to BTMI’s strategic direction of achieving improved accessibility for U.S. visitors to Barbados and the geographical location of Newark proves convenient, not only for the local New Jersey traffic but also for the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania and parts of Connecticut,” said Petra Roach, U.S. director of BTMI, in a written release. “With the state’s demographic leaning more towards families and young couples—two very important pillars of growth for Barbados—we couldn’t be more pleased with this announcement.”
The non-stop service between Newark and Bridgetown will operate on the following Saturday schedule:
- EWR – BGI Flight #313 (10:30 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.)
- BGI – EWR Flight #314 (4:25 p.m. – 9:55 p.m.)
JetBlue also offers service between three of its focus cities and Barbados: New York - JFK, Boston and Fort Lauderdale.