Fort Lauderdale celebrated the start of JetBlue Airways services to Barbados on 28 April with a traditional route launch cake and a ribbon cutting ceremony which was carried by Barbadian tourism officials, Fort Lauderdale Airport and JetBlue Airways executives. Also on hand to help with proceedings were Miami Dolphins cheerleaders. Flights on the 2,594-kilometre sector will be operated daily facing no direct competition.
- JetBlue Airways commenced services between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Barbados (BGI) on 28 April, a route which the airline will operate daily with its A320s. Minister of Tourism for Barbados, Richard Sealy, commented on the launch by saying: “It is becoming a regular occurrence having inaugurals with JetBlue Airways. It continues to show its commitment and it’s a very meaningful one to Barbados today. This very flight, I remember discussing about as far back as 2009. JetBlue’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.” Flights on the 2,594-kilometre sector will be operated daily by the carrier, with the route facing no direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. This becomes JetBlue Airways’ third route from Barbados, with it also serving New York JFK year-round and Boston seasonally.