by Davandra Babb
The sweet sounds of steelpan music and the striking moves of stilt walkers greeted the 128 passengers on board JetBlue’s first direct flight to Barbados out of Fort Lauderdale that touched down at the Grantley Adams International Airport at 11.20 today.
It was a fitting climax to “Blue Ribbon” flight 385, which also had live
In-flight entertainment from popular Barbadian saxophonist Elan Trotman, who thrilled the special guests, which included a couple heading to the island for their wedding and reggae artiste Wayne Wonder who will be performing at the Digicel Barbados Reggae Festival Vintage Reggae Show and Dance tomorrow.
Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy who led the welcoming party in the Grace Adams Suite at GAIA, expressed his gratitude to JetBlue for their continued support and stressed that the relationship was a mutually beneficial one.
“It is becoming a regular occurrence having inaugurals with JetBlue. They continue to show their commitment and it’s a very meaningful one to Barbados today.
This very flight, I remember discussing that as far back as 2009. Jet Blue’s position was let’s make New York work and we will eventually get to South Florida. Now we are here and it is indeed a great thing,” he said.
Sealy also heaped praises on the Diaspora who he said was instrumental in lobbying for flights out of Fort Lauderdale.
“The role of the Diaspora was not an insignificant one. A lot of the 18,000-crew members on JetBlue based in Queens, New York are from Barbados. They have been lobbying to have this relationship for a long time. And the relationship is now flourishing. We moved from having one flight per day, to having as many as 25 JetBlue flights a week,” he added.
JetBlue’s chief executive officer Robin Hayes said he was delighted with the new Fort Lauderdale service but added that he was not satisfied with just one and was looking to increase services in the future. (DB)