Barbados is in talks with a new carrier to introduce a direct service from Cologne, Germany, possibly from as early as August.
Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy said negotiations with Germanwings, a Lufthansa affiliate that offers domestic flights within Germany, are being conducted at ITB Berlin, the leading trade fair for the travel industry.
“They are setting up something called Eurowings which would be a charter player, offering long haul vacations. We have been talking to the chief operating officer of Germanwings who has responsibility for the Eurowings project,” he disclosed.
“The negotiations are coming along quite well and there is a possibility that later in the year we will be in a position to have another option for Germans to come into Barbados.”
Currently, German airline Condor flies to Barbados out of Frankfurt two to three times a week.
“But we are now talking about a possible weekly or twice weekly [flight] out of Cologne, another major German city and a good transportation hub.”
Sealy said that additional airlift would help boost visitor numbers from Germany.
He acknowledged that the market had been growing, but said there was still more potential.
Barbados currently welcomes between 12,000 and 15,000 visitors every year from Germany.
“That is a good number, I suppose, but we can do a lot better and the real test is what we’re going to do to see some significant improvements. But it will require airlift questions being resolved,” the tourism minister said.