Barbados has become the only anglophone Caribbean island that will have a direct flight from Amsterdam via the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM).
After a successful first season of operations in winter 2021/2022, KLM will resume its flights to Barbados from October 18, 2022. The Dutch national airline will resume operations from Amsterdam to Barbados with three weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Thanks to the accessibility provided at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the KLM connection is particularly attractive for passengers from Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy and the Nordics.
Jens Thraenhart, CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), expressed that he is looking forward to the return of this flight as it further positions Barbados as an accessible island for our European tourists.
“The European market is an important market to Barbados and our offices in Europe have been working to find ways to make accessibility to Barbados easier for our European visitors. With KLM currently operating out of 90 cities in Europe, the resumption of this flight to Barbados strategically places the island as a reachable hub for all,” Thraenhart said.
He added that “We are pleased at KLM’s confidence in building Barbados as a winter destination for its hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. We will be working on programmes in the market to support and defend this airlift and ensure we have a productive season,” Thraenhart said.
Emile Arnst, Manager Destination and Tourism Development at Air France-KLM, concurred, stating, “we are happy to return to Barbados this winter season and to encourage exploration of this exotic gem in the Caribbean via our hub at Amsterdam.”
Stimulating the market
BTMI is especially pleased at the return of this flight, as flights return just in time for the annual Barbados Food and Rum Festival, which returns October 27th to 30th. It is a part of the activities slated for the winter season to add excitement to the calendar.
KLM will fly to Barbados from 18 October to the end of March 2023. In addition, BTMI recently launched an advertising campaign showcasing KLM as an airline partner at Schiphol Airport, and since July at Milan Malpensa Airport and on a dedicated tram in Amsterdam. KLM will take off for Bridgetown with an A330-200 with a two-class configuration. The flights depart from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 10:05 a.m. and arrive at Barbados Grantley Adams Airport at 14:20 local time.