It is Caribbean Airlines and the announcement was made by Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds, after the inaugural non-stop flight from Jamaica to Barbados touched down at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Monday night.
The minister was joined by officials from the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., the Grantley Adams International Airport, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation, Carol Roberts-Reifer, travel agents from Barbados and Jamaica, Caribbean Airlines pilot Captain Ian Wilson and his co-pilot Tanisha Clover as well as media from Barbados and Jamaica in the Grace Adams Suite for the event.
Symmonds said the decision came after “lengthy discussions” with the airlines.
“Caribbean Airlines itself has been working with us on its own aspect of the marketing campaign. They have a theme called the Caribbean Identity which, as I understand it, goes a great distance in this region towards showcasing the commonality of the region and also the region’s commitment and dedication to culture and to arts,” the minister said.
“The ideal of bringing the region closer together has, for a long time, been at the forefront of my administration’s priorities. We feel that every step must be taken to keep our people in contact with each other for tourism purposes, for cultural purposes.