JetBlue’s seasonal Saturday service to Barbados from Newark is going year-round from next week.
It is a major boost for the local tourism market and follows increased airlift in a number of major US markets in recent months including Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Boston, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. said.
JetBlue also serves Barbados Grantley Adams International Airport from New York JFK, Boston and Fort Lauderdale.
“Increased airlift continues to be core to BTMI’s strategic direction of achieving improved accessibility for U.S. visitors to Barbados,” said Petra Roach, U.S. director of BTMI.
“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.”
Last year Barbados welcomed 204,000 visitors from the U.S, marking a fourth consecutive year of growth.
“JetBlue has consistently worked to match capacity to the growing demand. We’re proud to serve Barbados,” said Andrea Lusso, JetBlue’s director of network planning.