InterCaribbean Airways has created a hub at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados. The Government of Barbados officially welcomed the airline to the island in August 2020 after the arrival of a flight from Grenada. Trevor Sadler, Chief Executive Officer of InterCaribbean Airways, said that “the airline business is about providing a service that our customers want.” The airline has responded to customers’ needs through its growth and expansion in the south of the Caribbean.
It is expected that four aircraft will be based in Barbados for the foreseeable future. Consequently, this will enhance the airline’s network and services in the southern Caribbean. There will be two daily flights from St. Lucia to Barbados; one daily flight to Dominica and ten weekly flights from Grenada. In addition, discussions are ongoing to add services to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.
Tourism officials on the island are also excited about this new partnership and the opportunities that it creates for inter-regional travel. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, the Hon. Kirk Humphrey emphasized this. He expressed that he was “thankful to be able to have this partnership” with the airline. Moreover, he explained that it will bring “Barbadians closer to other people in the Caribbean [and bring] Caribbean people closer to Barbadians.”
Lyndon Gardiner founded InterCaribbean Airways in 1991. It launched with one Cessna aircraft as InterIsland Airways. Subsequently, the airline has seen significant growth in its fleet, routes and destinations. Today InterCaribbean’s fleet consists of two (2) ERJ145 jets with 50 passenger capacity; ten (10) Embraer 120 jets with 30 passenger capacity and one (1) 9 passenger Britten Norman Islander.
Source: Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.: Barbados Welcomes InterCaribbean Airways
Image Credit: InterCaribbean Airways