60 years and onward
British Airways celebrates long, continuing link with Barbados
There is no stopping now.
Executive vice-president for the Americas at British Airways, Sean Doyle, said the airline was committed to Barbados and would continue to come.
He made the pledge at the Concord Experience on Wednesday as the ailrine celebrated 60 years of service to the island. Doyle said that Barbados was “a very special place in the heart of British Airways and a lot of the British tourists who come here”.
“We are very proud to be a part of the story of Barbados over the past 60 years, and we plan to play a part in the story of Barbados for the next 60 years,” added Doyle, as he thanked stakeholders for their support over the years.
Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy lauded the international airline for their service over the years, saying it remained a benefit to the island in more ways than one.
Addressing the audience at the gala event, Sealy said: “The relationship has been very meaningful, but beyond that, in terms of developing the civil aviation industry in Barbados we cannot forget the contribution that British Airways has made. Indeed careers have been developed . . . . Many careers were built and developed at British Airways . . . . So we are happy to salute this occasion.”
Adding that the partnership between the island and the airline was growing, he said the current ten flights to the island and the two to come on stream in winter “says a lot about the relationship” between the country and the airline.
“In fact, when you think of Gatwick and all the international flights that British Airways has, after New York the next place where they have the most flights flying into is actually Barbados. That says a lot about the relationship . . . . We are an important destination to them and they are a very important partner to us, and we really want that relationship to continue,” added Sealy.