Two United States airlines – JetBlue and American Airlines – are adding additional flights to Barbados to meet demand.

An American Airlines Boeing 737-800
Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Two United States airlines – JetBlue Airways and American Airlines – are adding flights from several United States airports to Barbados, the Caribbean island country. The increased flights will increase tourism to a nation dependent on tourist traffic for its economy.

Additional United States flights to Barbados throughout the seasons

Both JetBlue Airways and American Airlines are spreading out the additional flights throughout the seasons.

American Airlines will use its Boeing 737s for three daily flights between Miami International Airport (MIA) to Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) between August 15 and September 5, 2023. This will provide a few weeks of additional capacity; according to Cirium, it will add 344 seats both ways in a Boeing 737 MAX 8, alongside 688 seats in two round-trip Boeing 737-800 flights.

American Airlines is also adding seasonal connections from Charlotte, North Carolina, from December 21, 2023, until April 3, 2024, with a Boeing 737-800.

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American’s first 737 Max - cabin interior

But JetBlue Airways, the other United States airline providing connection to Barbados, is extending its second flight from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to BGI via Airbus A320s. According to Cirium, the two round-trip flights provide 648 additional seats of capacity.

Barbados’ response to increased United States connections

In, Eusi Skeete, US Director, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. was quoted as sharing the excitement of more flights to/from the United States:

“We’re extremely excited to expand the airlift servicing our US market for 2023 and going into 2024. We understand that demand for the destination is very high and we’ve been working closely with our longstanding airline partners to meet this demand. We are continuously identifying growth opportunities to expand airlift across the US market and are quite optimistic for the prospect of increased service, particularly as demand for travel to Barbados remains high.”

Furthermore, Barbados Tourism Marketing recently posted details of a “12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp” program allowing for a maximum of 12 months staying in Barbados to do remote work. This will allow teleworkers to come to Barbados to conduct remote work over the internet in a tropical environment legally for $2,000 per individual or $3,000 per family in a bundle.

In return, this will bring new revenue to the islands – and demand for flights back to the United States for both personal and business reasons for when the in-person touch is necessary.

About Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI)

KLM Airport 7 - Likely a Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra

Photo: Grantley Adams International Airport

The airport was born in 1956 when a paved runway became perceived essential by the island’s government, although this was some years after a 1939 KLM aircraft – likely a Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra – made the first Barbados landing on grass. Luckily the work got done before the age of Concorde when a British Airways Concorde would visit the airport on Saturdays. It is now preserved in a museum at the airport.

One should note that the terminal can handle 1,600 arriving and 1,600 departing passengers per hour at peak. Meanwhile, the runway is 11,000 feet long by 150 feet wide, so there is clearly ample capacity to handle additional Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s from the United States.

At present, the airport is also served by:

  • Air Canada
  • British Airways
  • Caribbean Airlines
  • Condor
  • Copa Airlines
  • Executive Air
  • InterCaribbean
  • LIAT 1974
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • WestJet

As you can see above, there are airlines serving Canada, Europe, Panama, and even other Caribbean islands using the airport.

Will you fly to Barbados? Are you interested in a 12-month visa for telework? If so, please share in the comments section.

Sources:, Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc.,

  • American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner From Above

    American Airlines has not had the slam dunk it was hoping for as Bangalore’s first connection to the US in 2020. Photo: Vincenzo Pace – Simple Flying

    American Airlines

    IATA/ICAO Code:

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, New York JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

    Year Founded:


    Robert Isom

    United States

  • JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-200
    Photo: Vincenzo Pace/Simple Flying


    IATA/ICAO Code:

    Boston Logan International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, New York JFK Airport, Orlando International Airport

    Year Founded:

    Robin Hayes

    United States


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