One hundred and fifty-four passengers flying in from Boston to Barbados, arrived in comfort and style as JetBlue inaugurated JetBlue Mint to our shores this afternoon.
Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy, while speaking to the media at the arrival mat, said the implementation of the mint service in Barbados was a testimony to the confidence the airways held in the destination.
“I think it is a vote of confidence in the destination. JetBlue who we have a relatively young relationship with, going into our seventh year…we have seen this commitment of the mint service from two gateways and that’s not happening with any other destinations at all.”
The mint service will be offering passengers a premium flying experience which is normally seen in transatlantic flights.
Minister Sealy explained that the service would only be available during the winter season.
“Hopefully we will see this service offered year round for Barbados. Presently, we only get it through the winter season so we will have a few rotations out of Barbados.”
He said the introduction of the service was in keeping with his goal to increase the number of arrivals from last year with the assistance of JetBlue.
“We had a huge increase out of the US last year. [In] 2015 we were almost 25 per cent up over 2014, just under 150, 000 …we have it in the works to grow those numbers yet further. So the JetBlue relationship, the commitment that we constantly get – more flights, more quality seats like the mint service is extremely important,” he noted.
Captain of JetBlue Mint 2016, Steven Hill expressed gratitude at the warm welcome he received when touring the island with his family.
Describing Barbados as a jewel in the Caribbean, Captain Hill revealed that flights to Barbados were in “very high demand”.
“This product is a perfect marriage . . . we couldn’t be happier with the response that we have received from your Government and your people here.” (KK)