Caribbean Airlines launches non-stop service between Jamaica, Barbados
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The Caribbean’s first non-stop service from Kingston, Jamaica to Bridgetown, Barbados was officially launched by Caribbean Airlines on Monday, cutting travel time between the two destinations in half.
The non-stop service will operate twice weekly, every Monday and Friday, departing Kingston at 2:50 pm and arriving in Barbados at 6:25 pm. Caribbean Airlines’ flight will then depart to Kingston at 7:25 pm non-stop to arrive at 9:15 pm.
According to Acting General Manager Caribbean Airlines, Trudy Chin, the flight has been launched in direct response from customers and stakeholders who seek to increase business and leisure travel to both countries.
“The Caribbean Airlines brand story is the Caribbean identity. This is the prism through which we view our strategy and our customer engagement and even as we believe in the Caribbean identity, the idea that we have a shared history and a common future we must deliver reliable and convenient service that connects us all and open opportunities,” she said moments before the flight departed from Kingston yesterday.”
The new service will provide 300 additional seats and is expected to create a “win-win” situation for both regions.
“The expected opportunities in trade development represents just one side of this story. The other side is new partnerships we have executed that offers compelling reasons to fly for leisure,” Chin continued.
In 2018, Barbados had over 9,000 arrivals from Jamaica, up 2.2 per cent over 2017.
According to the CEO of Barbados Tourism Marketing, the growth numbers demonstrate the market’s potential for growth and with a strong marketing programme, Barbados has high hopes for significant business from Jamaica.
Caribbean Airlines’ non-stop flight between the destinations is subject to full government approval. Prior to the launch, individuals travelling to the respective countries were forced to transit through Miami or Trinidad and Tobago.