With the demise of the flagship regional airline, LIAT, another airline has quietly started servicing the lucrative Barbados – St. Vincent route as of October 1st, 2020.
The Turks and Caicos Islands-based airline InterCaribbean Airways boasts that it now carries the title as the “leading regional airline serving more destinations across the Caribbean than any airline.”
InterCaribbean Airways has expanded to 27 destinations including St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In a recent statement, the company said: “We are proud to expand our services in the Eastern Caribbean by offering the New Route Barbados – St Vincent – Grenada!”
“The flights are operated by our Embraer 120 aircraft that offers the fastest journey between these points. Connections to St Lucia, Dominica, Grenada and with schedule restoration to up to a network of 27 cities across the Caribbean.”
The 29 year old company which started with a single aircraft operating domestically in Turks and Caicos launched into the regional and international market in 2003. Recent overtures by Barbados to have the airline establish a regional hub in that country to service the southern Caribbean have borne fruit.
Last month, founder and chairman of interCaribbean Airways, Lyndon Gardiner, told tourism planners and travel practitioners his “aim was to continue to grow Barbados as the regional hub.”
Company officials also added: “With the partnership with other airlines, we do want to make sure that Barbados becomes the travel hub to the destination of the customers all around the world, whether they are coming to Barbados or going outside of Barbados.”
“the intention was to take full advantage of passenger facilities available at Grantley Adams International Airport, such as dedicated regional gates.”
The airline promises to improve the turnaround times for travel which has long been a source of dissatisfaction to Caribbean travellers, as well as the provision of improved amenities and on-board aircraft services.