Barbados has announced its tourism industry’s ongoing recovery, detailing the upcoming winter season at WTM London.
The Minister of Tourism and International Transport, the Hon Ian Gooding Edghill, said:
“We are strategically positioning Barbados as a competitive tourist destination. The results of those efforts have been fruitful as we have seen an increase in airlift.
“One of the pillars of our success has been the exceptional partnerships we have cultivated with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
“This increase in airlift exemplifies the demand for Barbados as a must-see destination.”
Virgin Atlantic celebrated 25 years of direct service to the island destination, with a special presence by Sir Richard Branson.
In 2024, British Airways, Barbados’ second longest-serving airline, will mark its Platinum Anniversary, 70 years of serving Barbados from London.
ITC Travel Group, one of its key travel partners, will be celebrating 50 years in 2024.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic operate year-round, daily direct service to Barbados from London Heathrow Airport.
British Airways has expanded its service with five more flights per week for the 2023/2024 winter season, totalling 12 flights per week.
Additionally, a new Dreamliner 787-10 will be deployed from London for the summer of 2024, increasing capacity by approximately 10 percent.
Virgin Atlantic resumed a four-times-weekly service from Manchester, which increased to five times per week from November 4th.
Moreover, two additional flights per week from London Heathrow will be added between January 10th and March 29th.
Aer Lingus has also resumed its three-times weekly winter non-stop schedule from Manchester, extending the winter 2023/2024 season through to the end of May 2024, increasing capacity by 19.5%.
The upcoming Winter 2023/2024 season will see the introduction of a five-times weekly Norse Airlines service from London Gatwick, adding approximately 33,516 seats to the Barbados route from the United Kingdom.
The island destination also announced its recent accolades, including the title of ‘Best Winter Sun Destination’ at the Travel Bulletin Star Awards and ‘Favourite Caribbean Island’ at Ice Travel Group’s inaugural Destination Awards.
Barbados continues to be a top destination for UK travellers. For more information, visit www.visitbarbados.org.
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*Photo courtesy of Sandals Barbados