JetBlue along with the Barbados Destination Marketing Organization the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. have jointly announced a route expansion.
JetBlue’s seasonal Saturday service between Barbados and Newark will become a year-round service beginning on May 4th, 2019!
The year-round service will provide direct flights between Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Barbados and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey.
What prompted JetBlue to expand Saturday service to year-round service?
Barbados have seen an increase in U.S. passengers. This has proven excellent to the tourism economy of the island for the fourth consecutive year.
2018 produced a record of 204,830 visitors to Barbados which is an increase of 8.4% from 2017.
The BTMI (the marketing organization of Barbados) says that partnerships are a priority for the island.
Partnerships have seen an uptick in their yearly numbers from the U.S. like Boston, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami which JetBlue already serves.
This is convenient for people who live in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and parts of Connecticut which Newark Liberty is the Hub airport, as this is not only for the local New Jersey-New York crowds.
“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,” said Petra Roach, the U.S. director of BTMI.
This results in the weekly flight to Barbados from JetBlue to fill quickly especially for the winter birds escaping to a better climate which economically prompts the airline to expand to maintain levels of capacity.
Would JetBlue be offering Mint out of Newark?
The short term answer is no.
For those who aren’t well versed in the individual product each airline offers, the Mint product of JetBlue is a premium experience with like business class “flat seats” in addition to some amenities like entrees, sweets, cocktails, wine, wi-fi, expedited security lane, and priority boarding.
The long term answer could be yes, depending on load factors and if passengers asked for the product as it is the affordable fully flat seat in the industry.
For the Barbados flight, only Mint is deployed to from Boston Logan Intl Airport and New York John F. Kennedy Intl Airport. However, with the addition of Newark, there might a need to convert a pair of Airbus 320 (the aircraft model used for the product) to complement the Mint portfolio of routes in short order.
When is the schedule to Barbados?
JetBlue non-stop service schedule between Newark and Bridgetown would start operating the following Saturday (May 4th) as follows:
• Newark (EWR) – Barbados (BGI) Flight #313 (10:30 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.)
• Barbados (BGI) – Newark (EWR) Flight #314 (4:25 p.m. – 9:55 p.m.)
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