New direct flight from Boston to Barbados
By on 06 May, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JetBlue Expands Caribbean Network by Adding New Seasonal Boston-Barbados Route
Seasonal Boston-Barbados service begins November 7, 2015
-- Introductory Fares on Sale Today Starting at $149 from Boston to Barbados One Way for TravelNovember 7, 2015 – April 30, 2016 --
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS. May 1, 2015 -- JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), the largest airline to the Caribbean, today announced its continued expansion in the region with seasonal weekly service from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) to Barbados’ Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), which will launch November 7.
“Barbados has proven a customer favorite for our New York customers, and we’re happy to offer Boston customers the chance to experience the beauty and culture of Barbados,” said Robin Hayes, President and CEO of JetBlue.
Barbados’ Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, welcomed the service as a critical part of the strategy to diversify the island’s tourism source markets.
“Boston is one of the most affluent states on the eastern seaboard of the United States and it presents an opportunity to diversify Barbados’ tourism business beyond the current US gateways. We look forward to continued strong cooperative marketing efforts with our partners at JetBlue to ensure the success of this new service”.
As at April 2015, Barbados’ arrivals out of the USA were up by 27.4 per cent.
The weekly Boston-Barbados flight will complement JetBlue’s existing daily service from New York JFK to BGI, which was launched in 2009. The flight sale is scheduled to commence on May 1, subject to receipt of government operating authority, with an introductory fare of only US $149 one way for travel from November 7, 2015 until April 30, 2016. JetBlue Getaways will offer customers heading to Barbados the opportunity to bundle flights and hotels, as well as with their car rentals and other amenities and activities. Four-day, three-night packages will start at US $345 per person at Courtyard by Marriott.
JetBlue’s flights to Barbados will be operated on a 150-seat Airbus A320 and will offer the airline’s award-winning service featuring assigned and comfortable seating; free Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky; complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and non-alcoholic/soft drinks; free, live DIRECTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio in every seatback; and the most legroom in coach (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch of U.S. airlines).
The Boston-Barbados flight is the fifth new Caribbean seasonal service launched from Boston in the last year following Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR); Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP); Saint Lucia (UVF); and Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP). JetBlue also recently announced it would offer its highly successful Mint experience between JFK to Barbados on Saturdays between November 7, 2015 and April 30, 2016, and daily between December 19, 2015 and January 4, 2016.
JetBlue’s Schedule between Boston and
Barbados on Saturdays as of November 5, 2015:
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 32 million customers a year to 88 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 825 daily flights. Upcoming destinations include: Reno-Tahoe, Nev. on May 28; Grenada on June 11, 2015 and Albany, N.Y. on December 10, 2015. For more information please visit JetBlue.com.
(a) Fare Restrictions: Fare includes government taxes/fees and must be purchased by 5/5/15 (the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local) for flights from Boston, MA (BOS) to Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI) on Saturday only between 11/7/15 and 12/12/15 (blackout date: 11/21/15) This fare is valid for Boston, MA originating (southbound) traffic only. BOS-BGI non-stop service available Saturday ONLY until April 2016. 14-day advance purchase required. Fare is subject to limited availability; may not be available on all days or all flights; may change without notice; must be purchased at time of reservation; and is one-way, nonstop (except as otherwise noted), nonrefundable and nontransferable. Reservations made one week or more prior to a flight’s scheduled departure may be canceled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made. First checked bag is included (weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marked or operated by other airlines apply). Fares do not include fees for oversized/overweight/extra baggage or other fees for products/services sold separately. To view baggage fees and other optional services and fees, click here. $25 fee per person applies to fares purchased by phone or at an airport or ticket office. Cancellations/changes must be made prior to scheduled departure (otherwise all money for fare is forfeited); $150 change/cancel fee per person will apply, and for changes, there may be a fare adjustment. Cancellations receive JetBlue travel credit, valid for one year. Proper documentation required for boarding. All deadlines based on EST. Other restrictions apply.
(b) Price is per person, based on double occupancy, and includes hotel rates, hotel taxes, roundtrip airfare, and gov't taxes/fees applicable to airfare based on specified departure city. Price may vary for other departure cities. Price shown is sample price found 4/30/15 on JetBlue.com/getaways for travel departing BOS; is available on select dates: 11/9 - 11/12/2015 and 11/16-11/19/2015 and may not represent current savings. Package/price subject to availability; may change without notice; valid for new bookings only; capacity controlled; may not be available on all dates or with all flights; and may be restricted to certain hotel room categories. Package must be purchased at time of reservation and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Changes/cancellations must be in accordance with JetBlue and hotel policies. JetBlue requires changes/cancellations to be made prior to scheduled departure, otherwise all money for package will be forfeited; $150 change/cancel fee per person applies. Hotel change/cancel policies and fees apply, vary by property, and may be more restrictive than the JetBlue policy. Call 1-800-JETBLUE, option 3 for the specific change/cancellation policies and fees that apply to a particular package. For changes, there may be an increase in package price. Valid cancellations are for Getaways credit only, valid for 1 year. Proper documentation required for boarding. Other restrictions apply.
The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes. Rated as one of the world’s sexiest beaches by Concierge.com and the Travel Channel; Barbados’ Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travellers. Barbados is also home to numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions.
Barbados is an ideal stage for world-class events and in collaboration with American Express Publishing Corporation, Barbados hosted its first annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival in November 2010. The country has also hosted numerous athletic championships, including the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010, and the inaugural BBC Top Gear Festival in 2014 at Bushy Park Circuit. Barbados hosted Classical Pops and the Race of Champions in December 2014. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts.
Grantley Adams International Airport offers even more non-stop and direct service from Toronto and Montreal via Air Canada and WestJet, making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean. 2014 marked the 65th anniversary of the nonstop service on Air Canada from Toronto to Barbados and on December 1st, 2014, the Boeing 777 was introduced on the route.
Three weekly direct flights to Barbados will operate during Winter 2014 – 2015 from Montreal. Barbados is home to five of the Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean as voted by Trip Advisor’s ‘2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards.
The island of Barbados has recently announced its newest division of tourism affairs – the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA). Built out of the original Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), the new divisions will work to transform the current tourism landscape, focused on keeping the island top of mind in the dynamic and ever-changing tourism industry.
For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org, follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VisitBarbados, via Twitter @Barbados, contact the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) at 246-467-3600 or, download the FREE Barbados Official Guide App for iPhone and Android devices.