Getting a flight to Barbados is easier than you might think. It’s now easily accessible from many parts of the world, and flight services to the island are increasing yearly.
British Airways, American Airlines, and Air Canada are the major international airlines regularly flying into Barbados. However, you’ll still find plenty of flight services, with smaller airlines servicing the Caribbean and South American regions. Several charter airline companies also provide flights to this tiny island paradise, especially from December to April, Barbados’ peak tourist season.
And we’ve made it even easier for you to get to Barbados with our flight information below. Flight schedules are subject to change (depending on the season), but we have tried to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information possible, as it was in December 2015.
For a list of all airlines flying into Barbados, check out the Grantley Adams International Airport website (www.gaia.bb/airlines). Always check with your travel agent or airline for the best flight service to get you to Barbados. If you wish to view the flights arriving in Barbados weekly, visit the Flightstats website.
Calgary-based WestJet began operations in 1996 and was rated the second-best low-cost airline in North America ten years later. Famous for these low fares, WestJet offers year-round service to Barbados.
Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline and flag carrier, is a long-serving airline on the island of Barbados. On its current schedule, Air Canada offers daily non-stop flights from Toronto and from Montreal to Barbados three times a week.
Caribbean Airlines also operates several connecting flights to Barbados from Toronto.
And, if you’re traveling from Canada in the winter, you can choose the Canadian charter airline Sunwing (http://www.sunwing.ca/), also operating out of Toronto.
There are many flight options when traveling to Barbados from the United States.
American Airlines (AA) (www.aa.com) operates the most direct international flights coming into Barbados. The airline offers daily non-stop flights to Barbados from New York JFK Airport and Miami International Airport and now have an uninterrupted service from Dallas, Fort Worth to Barbados three times a week (Monday/Thursday/Saturday).
JetBlue also recently announced plans to start a daily non-stop service from Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport to Barbados, beginning April 2016.
Delta Airlines (www.delta.com) had previously only offered flights to Barbados from Atlanta. Still, after a three-year absence from the market, it resumed its services to Barbados in December 2014 with two weekly flights from Atlanta and New York JFK airports.
Caribbean Airlines also operates connecting flights to Barbados from New York JFK, Miami International, and Fort Lauderdale airports.
Note: US Airways once operated daily non-stop services from Philadelphia to Barbados and one non-stop flight from North Carolina weekly. However, the airline ceased operations in October 2015 and merged with American Airlines to create the largest airline in the world.
British Airways flies a 224-seater Boeing 777 from London’s Gatwick Airport direct to Barbados’ Grantley Adams International airport 9-12 times a week, with a flight time of approximately 8 hours and 30 minutes. There’s 1 flight on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and two flights on Fridays and Saturdays.
Virgin Atlantic also flies to Barbados from both Gatwick and Manchester airports in the UK, and Caribbean Airlines operates connecting flights to the island out of London Gatwick Airport.
Condor, a German leisure airline, is the only scheduled flight carrier out of Europe. The airline lands in Barbados twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays from Frankfurt International Airport.
The airline offers up to 100 in-flight movies, depending on seat class, online booking, and web check-in. One of BA’s latest innovations: is telephone check-in.
Barbados has significantly strived to boost inter-regional travel through discussions with French airline Air Antilles. As a result, from April 1, 2023, the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) will welcome a new daily schedule of flights between Barbados and Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique, and Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe.
New Flight Schedule
Daily service between Bridgetown (BGI) and Saint Lucia Castries (SLU)
Daily service between Bridgetown (BGI) and Pointe à Pitre (PTP)
Daily service between Bridgetown (BGI) and Paris (ORY) through Fort de France (FDF) or Pointe à Pitre (PTP) with Air France and Corsair.
Daily service between Bridgetown (BGI) and St Martin Grand Case (SFG)
Eight weekly flights between Bridgetown (BGI) and Fort de France (FDF), including four direct services on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday; and four indirect services with a stop-over in Saint Lucia Castries (SLU) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and Sunday.
Three weekly flights between Bridgetown (BGI) and Melville Hall Dominica (DOM) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Caribbean Airlines serves Barbados from all over the Caribbean and offers connecting flights from various international locations.
In December 2015, the Columbian national carrier Avianca (www.avianca.com) introduced a new non-stop option to Barbados to support increasing interest from Latin American tour operators. The airline departs El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Columbia, and lands in Barbados weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays).
The new Avianca service enables connections between Barbados and Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Panama City, Mexico, Lima, San Salvador, Guayaquil, and Quito via Bogota.
American Airlines’ smaller carrier, American Eagle, also offers a non-stop service to Barbados from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Brett Callaghan is the founder and managing director of Totally Barbados. I specialize in writing content for the tourism industry for my island home of Barbados. I help companies build strategies to grow their businesses online with SMART marketing, advertising, and social media goals.