In June of last year, Richard Sealy, Barbados’ minister of tourism and international transport, told Travel Agent the island was close to securing new Delta and JetBlue Airways flights. A few weeks later, the Delta flights from Atlanta and New York to Barbados came to fruition.
So, Travel Agent knew it was only a matter of time before the JetBlue flights from Boston also became reality. On Tuesday, they did.
JetBlue Airways has announced its continued expansion in the region with seasonal weekly service from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) to Barbados’ Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), which will launch November 7.
“Boston is one of the most affluent cities on the eastern seaboard of the United States and it presents an opportunity to diversify Barbados’ tourism business beyond the current U.S. gateways," said Sealy in a written release. "We look forward to continued strong cooperative marketing efforts with our partners at JetBlue to ensure the success of this new service”.
The weekly Boston-Barbados flight will complement JetBlue’s existing daily service from New York, which was launched in 2009. The flight sale is scheduled to commence on May 1, subject to receipt of government operating authority, with an introductory fare of only $149 one way for travel from November 7 until April 30, 2016.
JetBlue Getaways will offer customers heading to Barbados the opportunity to bundle flights and hotels, as well as with their car rentals and other amenities and activities. Four-day, three-night packages will start at $345 per person at Courtyard by Marriott.
The Boston-Barbados flight is the fifth new Caribbean seasonal service launched from Boston in the last year following Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR); Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP); Saint Lucia (UVF); and Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP). JetBlue also recently announced it would offer its highly successful Mint experience between JFK to Barbados on Saturdays between November 7, 2015 and April 30, 2016, and daily between December 19, 2015 and January 4, 2016.