Barbados marks 70 years of British Airways flights

Barbados hailed a “momentous occasion” as it celebrated 70 years of British Airways flying to the island from London Heathrow. 

The first journey between the two destinations was made on April 1, 1954. 

Representatives from Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) and British Airways spoke at a press conference on April 24 about the significance of the milestone. 

Cheryl Carter, chief operations officer at BTMI, said the anniversary was a “momentous occasion” that marked “a significant chapter in Barbados’s aviation history”.

She congratulated British Airways for “strengthening ties between London and Bridgetown”.

Chief commercial officer at British Airways, Colm Lacy, said he felt “privileged” to have played a role in connecting the UK and Barbados.  

He added: “On behalf of everyone at British Airways, I express my heartfelt tidings to the government, tourist and airport authorities, hotel partners and our customers for your unwavering support and partnership.” 

The conference was followed by a reception held at Ilaro Court, the official residence of the prime minister. 

Speaking at the event, Ian Gooding-Edghill, Barbados’s minister of tourism and international transport, praised British Airways for how they “have allowed Barbados’s tourism sector to develop”.

Milton Inniss, high commissioner for Barbados to the UK, described the two countries as “proud and firm friends”.

Other events and incentives that have taken place to mark the anniversary include UK agent fam trips, British Airways Avios promotions and the introduction of Mount Gay, the island’s premium rum, on board British Airways flights.

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