Three inaugural flights touched down in Barbados on Sunday, as the island continues to expand its North American and European markets.
First to arrive just after 12 noon was United Airlines 388 from Newark, which saw Barbados-born pilot Captain Ryan Padmore in command.
Minister of Tourism and International Transport Senator Lisa Cummins was part of the welcoming party for the flight, and said tourism officials and stakeholders continued to be pleased with the new flights being seen coming into the island.
“We are quite happy to have these new gateways opening up, bringing new passengers, new traffic to Barbados from the United States.
“I don’t have to say to you that we have been having any number of challenges over the last 22 months globally in the tourism industry and with international travel generally,” she said.
The Tourism Minister, however, stressed that she and officials remain confident in the Ministry of Health’s protocols as well as the WHO’s guidance to keep travel into Barbados as safe as possible.
The other two flights for the day were United Airlines from Dulles, Washington and Virgin Atlantic 233 from Edinburgh, Scotland. (SB)