Barbados welcomes inaugural JetBlue flights

The local tourism industry got a major shot in the arm this afternoon when two inaugural JetBlue flights out of the United States touched down at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

It was just around 1:50 p.m. today that the inaugural Boston to Barbados flight touched down at the Grantley Adams International Airport carrying officials including Director of the US for the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, Petra Roach; Deputy Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., Nicholas Brancker and Barbados’ Consul General to New York, Dr Donna Hunte-Cox.

But it was perhaps the 3:20 p.m. JetBlue Mint Flight out of New York under Barbadian Captain Ophneal Kellman with 141 passengers on board, including his mother Margaret Kellman, which broke new ground in air traffic between John F Kennedy Airport and the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Tourism Minister Richard Sealy welcomes the inaugural JetBlue flights to Barbados

With ‘mint’, JetBlue becomes the only US airline to offer regular service with the ‘lie-flat seating’ to the region.

On board were Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Irene Sandiford-Garner and Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., William Griffith.

On hand to welcome the arrival of the JetBlue Mint flight out of New York were: Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy and Chairman of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., Everton Walters.

In a brief address Sealy told his audience that arrivals from the US are up 25 percent from last year’s figures.

Local tourism officials are hoping to increase US arrivals with the addition of JetBlue

“The decision to come out of Boston, USA, and I am going to be a little previous speaking about  Fort Lauderdale, we will have the daily out of that location. We would like to make the point that we would not only like to get the business out of the north east, but the south east, the south West, the mid west and out of west. We are getting approximately 70 per cent of our business out of the tri-state and JetBlue has heard our plea,” Sealy said.

He stressed that Barbados is not turning its back on the UK market but he pointed out that there was “so much more we can do in the USA market”.

The tourism minister welcomed the partnership between JetBlue and the Barbados government, noting that the decision to launch the international mint service to Barbados is a highly significant one.

“If the members of the media do not record anything else they should record the fact that Barbados is the first international destination that JetBlue, which flies to over 40 different countries all around the western hemisphere, has chosen Barbados as the first one for that mint service. It is a significant decision and a major feather in the cap of all Barbadians,” Sealy noted.


15 Responses to Barbados welcomes inaugural JetBlue flights

  1. Peachesnaddy Brown
    Peachesnaddy Brown November 8, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Watch him face to nuh!! Frundel c something to smile about

  2. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince November 8, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Smh,and the beat goes on. Lol

  3. Graham B Bannister
    Graham B Bannister November 8, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Now thing many people really fly from Boston to Barbados regular enough to warrant a direct flight? Annnd these people would normally have come through New York anyway…same goes for Fort Lauderdale…they would have come through Miami on American…
    Watch and see how long these flights remain and if numbers really go up…Question…is government subsidising these flights?

    • Adam Hartnett November 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      @Graham The Boston flight is only weekly and seasonal (Saturday only from November through April) and there is enough traffic for that weekly flight.

      10689 people traveled between Boston and Barbados (both ways combined so about 5350 roundtrips if they were all roundtrips) in 2011. In 2003, there were 14000 passengers.

      10689 = 100 weekly passengers each way and most fly in peak seasonal time anyways.

      Jetblue has successful started similar leisure routes recently with similar traffic levels (St Lucia, Puerto Plata, Grand Cayman, Liberia Costa Rica) Liberia CR was such a success that Jetblue made it Saturday/Sunday service this year. The same could happen for this flight.

  4. David November 8, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Congratulations to team Barbados for pulling this off , we really need more of this to help the economy grow

  5. Maureen Smith November 8, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Congratulations, Barbados! More visitors will be great for the island’s economy. But don’t forget that with most holidaymakers having access to the internet, Barbados must offer plenty of reasons for them to publish positive feedback. Attracting first time visitors is good, but attracting repeat visitors, as well as their friends, family and work colleagues, will be even better.

  6. Pamela R Ladew-Stanchfield
    Pamela R Ladew-Stanchfield November 8, 2015 at 8:22 am

    They are great!!! Fly from JFK every year with them. Price is good too!!!

  7. Jue Benjamin
    Jue Benjamin November 8, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I Had a wonderful flight and the price was great

  8. Captain Victor King November 8, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Don’t forget the Delta service to Atlanta and New York!! No long customs and immigration lines in Atlanta and connections to anywhere in the world!!

  9. Bobo November 8, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Typical black man political focus, always looking for an easy way s out with the backing of the tax payers monies — What’s the point looking at the symptoms and not the cause—-has the government organize a clean -up country-wide program— does the people of Barbados in knowledge, the government have to pay these airlines millions of their tax payers monies to fly into Barbados.

    For the crime wave, dirtiness of the country, and the money i have to spend buying food, and the investments i have poured into this island –if I wasn’t a pure bred Barbadian i will never put my foot in this country.

  10. sunshinecanada November 8, 2015 at 11:08 am

    why dont you get out of my sweet Bdos and go to HELL, bobo

  11. BOBO THE SAME CLOWN November 8, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I noticed someone has adopted my Alias as BoBo. I wonder why . Couldn’t BoBo have seek another name. Maybe it is a continuation of school days where he or she copied from others inorder to make a pass.
    Sunshine Canada this is not the original BoBoTheClown this is a fake “BoBo” Your original is BoBoTheClown right here in Toronto,so don’t allow this wantabee get you all riled.

  12. BOBO THE SAME CLOWN November 8, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I suspect BoBo wants some recognition which he was not getting with his original name so he has noticed that BoBoTheClown gets a bit more air time than he was capable of attracting ,so what has he done ? He has tried to steal BoBoTheClown’s ‘Thunder”.
    I say to him learn to think foryourself ,don’t be a copy cat.

  13. jrsmith November 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    @,Maureen’s, hail, hail, on the button , must add, Barbados has almost priced itself out of the tourist market, other islands in the region ,is attracting more visitors , because of reasonable affordable pricing. prices of businesses in Barbados ,directed to tourism, needs to put things right , making Barbados affordable again, decades ago , very few competitors in the region ,couldn’t come within shouting distance to Barbados,

    The other issue, bajans and some regions, use to be able to bridge the gap, sustain most businesses in bim, with the seasonal changes, but this to them is very expensive. when the local businesses is geared up for tourism, after the visitors spend they 2 weeks and leave these shores, bajans are stuck with the levels of pricing ,which comes in over there heads. we need to wake up

    Bajans must stop thinking and living in the past, forget all of our yesterdays. we are all taking failure as an achievement. just like (NHS) in the UK.

  14. k November 9, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Neal is a Josephine. Big up.


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