Barbados is an excellent spot for an island getaway, and one of the few international destinations opened up for US citizens. Passengers looking for a quiet vacation destination could find some joy at the island’s beaches. The island is also open for other foreign nationals to visit.
The main airport in Barbados is Grantley Adams International (BGI), located near Bridgetown, the largest city and capital of the island country. Travelers heading to Barbados in the near future must complete a pre-arrival form and receive a coronavirus test before departure. If you do not have a test result before arrival, you will need to take one at the airport. This is similar to Aruba’s arrival policies, another country also allowing US citizens within its borders.
Before booking your vacation, check carefully to see if you will need to undergo any additional measures after arrival. Barbados is categorizing tourists based on the status of the coronavirus pandemic in their respective countries.
Which carriers are currently flying to Barbados from the US?
Barbados is one destination that remains relatively underserved by major US airlines. Currently, only two carriers operate flights to the island. This includes American Airlines and JetBlue.
American flies to Barbados out of Charlotte and Miami. However, American has suspended flights departing Miami from September 9th. Weekly flights out of Charlotte are expected to start from the end of October. AA uses Boeing 737s (including scheduled MAX service) out of Miami and Airbus A319s out of Charlotte.
JetBlue flies to Barbados out of Boston, Newark, and New York-JFK. The airline will start weekly flights out of Boston and Newark from early September. JFK flights will start up from the end of August.
Latin American and Caribbean carriers
Air Antilles and LIAT both fly turboprops from Barbados to Fort-de-France (FDF). Those flights are starting up in early August.
One of the largest airlines in the Caribbean, Caribbean Airlines, flies out of Barbados to two cities: Kingston in Jamaica and Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. The airline is currently flying once-weekly flights between Kingston and Barbados. In the future, the airline will reopen flights to Barbados from the Port of Spain. Those ATR-run flights will start in early September.
Copa Airlines, the leading Panamanian airline, flies to Barbados out of its hub in Panama City. The carrier, however, is not anticipating to run those flights until late November.
Barbados is a popular vacation destination for Canadians. Air Canada and WestJet both fly to the island out of Toronto. Air Canada is running flights twice per week, increasing in August. WestJet will start flying to Barbados from September.
In December, Air Canada will operate Rouge flights to Barbados out of Montreal.
What about European carriers?
Barbados sees a host of services from European airlines. One of the most prominent is British Airways, which flies to London-Gatwick from Barbados. BA flies Boeing 777s twice a week in July. From August, those flights go up to three weekly flights.
Virgin Atlantic operates flights out of London-Heathrow and Manchester. Heathrow flights will start from August, while Manchester flights will start up at the end of October. These flights operate with A330s and 787s.
Lufthansa runs seasonal flights through Eurowings onboard Airbus A330s from Frankfurt. These flights will operate from the end of October.
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