American Airlines boosts Barbados service after nine years of JetBlue growth

American Airlines apparently has not enjoyed JetBlue’s growth in the Caribbean, particularly in Barbados.

American has been a leader in the region since it acquired Eastern Air Line’s Miami Caribbean operation, which included Barbados service, in 1989. But in 2009, JetBlue began Kennedy-Barbados service; in 2014 it added Fort Lauderdale-Barbados and in 2015 it added Boston-Barbados. In the winter of 2016-2017, JetBlue even tried weekly Newark-Barbados.

On Wednesday, Barbados tourism officials, gathered in Charlotte, said that JetBlue may have a bigger share of the U.S. traffic at Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) than American does. But that dominance will end Dec. 19, when American begins daily seasonal Charlotte-Barbados service and adds as a third daily Miami-Barbados flight, using Airbus A-319 aircraft in both cases.

“American has really come back,” said Seymour Bailey, the Miami-based business development officer for Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. “They had lost significant share to JetBlue. Now American wants to take (JetBlue) on again.”

Bailey said JetBlue’s presence in the Barbados market has pushed fares down. At one time, the Miami round-trip cost was in the $600 to $700 range, he said. Today, the average round-trip fare is about $350.

Added JetBlue capacity and lower fares largely accounted for a 17% increase in U.S.-Barbados traffic in 2017, when Barbados welcomed a record 188,970 U.S. passengers. Bailey said about 80% is tourist traffic; the rest is VFR, an industry term for visiting friends and relatives.

The U.S. is the island’s second biggest tourist market, after Great Britain. Canada is third and Germany is fourth. Great Britain is served by three carriers, Canada and the U.S. by two carriers and Germany by one.

Bailey said Miami has always been the principle U.S. gateway to Barbados because many travelers enjoy adding Miami to Caribbean and Latin American itineraries. At the same time, he said, Midwest travelers sometimes tell their travel agents they prefer not to make connections in Miami. That underscores the benefit of adding Charlotte. While the Charlotte flight is currently scheduled to end in April, Bailey said, “We hope it becomes year-round.”

Expanded Barbados service is just one piece of American’s planned winter expansion in the Caribbean. In May, the carrier announced a major Caribbean expansion that included eight new non-stop routes, including new Saturday flights from Charlotte to North Eleuthera and Abaco, and an expansion in Miami frequencies.

“It’s a huge statement from American, which has seen a significant increase in competition in the Caribbean from carriers like Southwest Airlines and JetBlue, both of which have been on massive expansion pushes to the region in recent years,” Miami-based website Caribbean Journal reported in May.

American spokeswoman Katie Cody said Wednesday that Barbados “is doing well and has very strong demand (and) Charlotte gives us great connections.” Charlotte, the world’s third largest single airline hub, has 674 daily flights to 160 destinations including dozens in the Midwest and west that would gain improved routing to Barbados.

Meanwhile, JetBlue spokesman Philip Stewart said the carrier’s Barbados service “has resulted in a growing number of visitors to the island” and includes premium Mint service weekly from JFK and seasonally from Boston. “We remain committed to elevating Barbados’ stature among travelers in North America,” Stewart said. JetBlue serves 29 Caribbean destinations.

Barbados has a historic link to the Carolinas. The first ship carrying Europeans into Charleston harbor arrived from Barbados in 1670. “We are the only colony that ever founded a colony,” said Petra Roach, U.S. director for Barbados Tourism Marketing.

American, like the other two global U.S. airlines, has always been protective of its markets. Two recent moves, in addition to the increased Barbados service, highlight that commitment.

Last month, barely a week after Mexican low-cost airline Volaris announced it will begin twice-weekly Guadalajara-Charlotte service on Nov. 22, American said it will begin daily seasonal Charlotte-Guadalajara service starting on Jan. 6.

Two weeks ago, American announced daily winter season service from Phoenix to Grand Rapids and Madison, Wisc., matching the twice-weekly service that Frontier had announced weeks earlier.

Windies eager to tie ODI series with victory in last game

Having watched a heavy downpour end their chances of winning their One Day International series against South Africa, the West Indies women are looking forward to the opportunity to level it on Saturday.

Due to a tropical wave which passed over the island on Wednesday, bringing with it persistent rains, the second ODI at Kensington Oval ended in a no-result after umpires were forced to call off the game.

The home side, led by Deandra Dottin’s three-wicket haul had put themselves in a good position after limiting the Proteas to 177 for eight, with the match having been reduced to 38 overs.

However, the Windies’ run chase never got going, resulting in the contest ending in a no-result.

Dottin said while there was nothing they could do about the weather, she admitted they were eagerly looking forward to Saturday’s game and to even the three-match series at 1-1.

“Well, unfortunately, we can only control what we can control and the weather is not in our hands, it’s in the Lord’s hands, so whatever happens we just have to accept it and bounce back for the last ODI.

“We are really looking forward to that game because we want to level this series and at least get some points on the board,” Dottin said.

The Barbadian all-rounder who captured three wickets for just 29 runs from her eight overs, said although the Windies were not able to push for victory, she was pleased with her performance.

“Yes I am very happy with my performance today [Wednesday]. Producing for the team is a must and it’s something I always want to do, so in order to have my team in a good position I always try my best to make it happen,” Dottin said.

The West Indies lost Sunday’s opener by 40 runs to fall behind 1-0 in the series.


Guyana to sign economic cooperation agreement with Barbados

Guyana is to sign a framework agreement for economic cooperation with Barbados, President David Granger has announced.

The announcement comes on the heels of the country signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday.

Granger, addressing the inaugural, Guyana Trade and Investment Exhibition (GuyTIE 2018) on Thursday, said the decision was taken following attendance at the Ninth Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) in Barbados earlier this month.

“We see Guyana’s future in the Caribbean and we see the Caribbean’s future in Guyana,” Granger said, as he highlighted the Caribbean as an important common market amidst trade wars and Brexit.

The combined land space of the countries of the Caribbean Community is almost equivalent to that of Sweden and President Granger pointed out that this has the potential for increased intra-regional trade.

He noted that intra-regional exports, at the end of 2014, stood at a 13.1 per cent of total regional exports of US$22.3 billion. Granger said the region’s estimated US$4.5 billion annual food import bill could be slashed.

However, he noted that there is a need for intensified collaboration between local, regional and international firms to grasp opportunities, which can provide a platform for global market penetration.

“Guyana’s economic development has been constrained, historically, by the small size of its population, small domestic markets and the small range and volume of primary commodity exports. These have made its economy highly vulnerable to exogenous economic shocks.”

He said that CSME, which allows for free movement of goods, skills, labour and services across the 15-member regional integration movement,, as the way to build more resilient economies, not only in the Caribbean but also locally.

Granger said Guyana will continue to pursue regional economic cooperation in order to build greater prosperity and global competitiveness.


Young St Catherine pastor shot dead in church

James Johnson, a young minister of the popular Church of God of Prophecy at 41 Old Harbour Road in St Catherine was gunned down this evening while teaching a class at the church.

According to the police’s Corporate Communication Unit, Johnson, a 29 year-old pastor from Union Estate in the parish, was reportedly in the middle of teaching a class about 5:00 pm when a lone gunman entered and shot him several times.

There has, this evening, been an outpouring of grief on social media for Johnson who was reportedly the only son for his mother.

Delta and American raise fees for checked bags

United and JetBlue did it. Now it’s Delta and American’s turn.

Both airlines have raised the prices of the first and second checked bags by $5 each. The first checked bag will cost $30, up from $25, for flights in North America and to some other destinations. The second bag will cost $40, up from $35.

Airlines are battling rising fuel and labor costs, which are taking a toll on their bottom lines.

In July, Delta and American both cut their outlooks for full year earnings. The International Air Transport Association, a global industry group, has slashed its forecast for total profits for the global airline industry in 2018 by 12%.

The airlines are making up those costs with ancillary fees, like checking bags and picking a seat.

Delta collected $375 million in baggage fees during the first six months of 2018, according to Bureau of Transportation statistics. That was down 15% from the same period last year. American collected $603 million over the same period, up 5%.

Overall, the US airline industry collected $2.4 billion in the first six months of the year, which was up 7% from the same period a year earlier.

The price hikes come nearly three weeks after United and JetBlue increased their baggage prices by $5 each.

Delta said that passengers can still check bags without paying a fee by having status in its SkyMiles loyalty program, flying in first class or booking the flight with an eligible SkyMiles credit card from American Express.

American will continue to offer free checked bags for its elite status members, for passengers in first, business and Premium Economy class, and in certain other cases.

Commitment To Creating A Better Public Sector

Government is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that once again the public sector can rise to a position of prominence.

This was emphasised today by Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan, as he addressed the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Association of Barbados’ (CTUSAB) 12th Biennial Delegates’ Conference on the theme “Re-energizing Labour Management Relations in the Public Sector”. The event was held at the Three W’s Oval, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.

While deeming the theme “relevant and timely”, Minister Jordan said: “This will require the mapping of current processes, and that has already begun through the Ministry of Innovation and Smart Technology. It will also require the re-engineering of those processes, along with the application of new tools, and adjustments to existing structures, in order to achieve efficiency gains and create a public service that is fit for purpose.

“Our Prime Minister refers to this process, quite often, as deconstructing and reconstructing; all of this is necessary in order to facilitate the provision of better, more timely, efficient and effective services to the public.”

The Labour Minister said consultations would continue with the Social Partnership and other stakeholders. These consultations, he added, would ensure that any changes proposed and realised would enhance human resource management practices, increase productivity, and of equal importance, support employee satisfaction and development. The ultimate aim is to create a better Barbados.

Mr. Jordan noted that greater efforts had to be made by all, including the state as the employer, the employees and the workers’ representatives to mitigate the public’s negative perceptions of the services and operations of the public sector. “Too often, we hear about the problems and inefficiencies of the public sector. We hear complaints about poor customer service and the onerous processes which clients have to endure,” he lamented.

Pointing out that in some cases the stories had validity, he said, however, that success stories were also not told about projects which had been implemented or had increased productivity, or about the many officers who “go way beyond the call of duty”. “I am of the view that if those positives are promoted and promoted well, they will positively impact the morale of the workers in the sector,” Mr. Jordan said.

Meanwhile, 1st Vice President of CTUSAB, Pedro Shepherd, speaking about the advent of the Congress, said it was formed out of a need, in a time of crisis, back in the early 1990s. Acknowledging that it still remained relevant with respect to bringing stability and clarity to the labour movement in Barbados, he assured the Minister of the group’s commitment. “I believe, in the current economic climate, its presence is needed now even more than ever,” he said.



Mayers, Livingston Theophilus

Age 63, of Foster Hall, St. Joseph. Retired Security Officer of Ministry of Home Affairs.

Reputed Husband of Jonnice Greene.

Father of Lemar Daniel - P.C. 1949 of the Royal Barbados Police Force and Kayla Mayers.

Step-father of Carolyn Moore.

Grandfather of Liam and Asabi.

Brother of Elra Mayers.

Uncle of Fabian, Ron, Joy-ann and Deon Mayers.

Nephew of Alma Lucas, Ellery Nicholls, Irvin Mayers, Geraldine Thompson and Millicent Downes. Cousin of Jenny Gooding, Cleveland Mayers, Lawrence and Margaret Shepherd, Juliette Springer, Katrina Haynes, Margaret and Lorenza Downes and many others.

Brother-in-law of Neville Mayers.

Relative of the Mayers, Shepherd, Downes and Haynes families.

Special Friend of Yvonne Daniel, Alan Thompson, Joseph Knight, George King, Anderson Clarke, Ian Griffith, Leonard Cyrus, Patricia Greene, Ambie, The staff of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Government Security Guards and many others.

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Livingston Theophilus Mayers will take place on Monday September 24th, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, Bathsheba, St. Joseph where relatives and friends are asked to meet. The cortege will then proceed to St. Joseph Parish Church Cemetery for the interment.

The organist and members of the choir are asked to attend.

Flowers may be delivered to Alvin Hinkson Funeral Home, St. Elizabeth Village, St. Joseph no later than 2:15 p.m. on Monday.

The body of Livingston Theophilus Mayers will repose for viewing in the chapel of Paramount Funeral Home from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday September 23rd, 2018 and at the church from 2:30 p.m. until the start of the service on Monday.

Roachford, Oliver Lawrence Leroy


Age 80, of 205 Casuarina Close, Ruby Park, St. Philip.
Son of the late Beatrice and Leroy Roachford.
Husband of Elaine Roachford.
Father of Nathalie and Michelle Roachford and the late Tricia Roachford.
Brother of William and Kathleen Roachford and the late Cynthia White, Robert Roachford, John Roachford and Miriam Charles.
Grandfather of Alysha Reid.
Uncle of Stephen, Andrew, Tove, Naomi, Roli, Akoele, Karen and Estelle Roachford, Louise Roachford-Gould, Sharon Murray and Louella Charles.
Cousin of Evena Scantlebury, Orie Worrell and family and many others.
Great Uncle of many.
Brother-in-law of Leo Charles, Una and Elizabeth Roachford,.
Relative of the Roachford, Taitt, Thompson, Springer and Worrell families.

The funeral of Oliver Lawrence Leroy Roachford leaves St. Hill and Sons Funeral Home, Bush Hall Main Road, St. Michael on Monday, September 24th, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. for the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Ruby, St. Philip where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 4:00 p.m. for the thanksgiving service, followed by the burial.

The Organist and members of the Church Choir are asked to attend.

Flowers may be sent to St. Hill and Sons Funeral Home no later than 1:30 p.m. on Monday, September 24th, 2018.

The body will repose for viewing at the Chapel of St. Hill and Sons Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018.

Greaves, Dario Ramon

Age 29, of Grape Hall, St. Lucy.

Son of Amelia and Anthony Babb.

Brother of Jamar, Stefon and Dashawn Greaves.

Nephew of Jennifer Griffith, Ricky and Cassandra Greaves, Ryan and Michelle Broomes.

Great Nephew of Rev. Stephen Strickland.

Uncle of Kiara, Jayla and Layla.

Cousin of Asha, Jalecia, Paul, Damian and many others.

Relative of the Greaves, Griffith, Babb and Skinner families.

The funeral of Dario Ramon Greaves leaves Earl’s Funeral Home, Half Moon Fort, St. Lucy, on Wednesday, September 26th at 9:00 a.m. for The Chapel of Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, The Ridge, Christ Church where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 11:00 a.m. for the Service of Thanksgiving. A private cremation will be held immediately after the service.

The organist is asked to attend.  

No flowers and no mourning colors by special request.

Tributes commence at 10:30 a.m.

Relatives and friends can visit in the chapel of Earl’s Funeral Home, Half Moon Fort, St. Lucy to reflect the memories of Dario Ramon Greaves from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Condolences can be made online at or visit us on Facebook.

Phillips, Norman Stanley

Age 85, better known as “Murphy”, of Arch Hall, St. Thomas and formerly of Fairy Valley, Christ Church. Former Wingman of Shell Grantley Adams International Airport.

Son of the late Timothy Bentham and Violet Phillips.

Companion of Clovina Browne.

Father of Wendy Waithe and Trevor Chase - both of the U.S.A., Rodney and Kim Niles and the Jean Niles.

Stepfather of Ulric Browne and six others.

Grandfather of Jamon and Destiny Chase - both of the U.S.A., Cherice and Casandra Niles and Cherese Gollop.

Brother of Keith and Roosevelt Phillips - both of the U.S.A., Sylvia Mallet, Elaine and the late Edwardine Phillips.

Uncle of Elton “Tabba”, Harriet, Sandy Phillips and many others.

Father-in-law of Doriel Chase.

Relative to the Bentham, Phillips, Perch, Farrell, Carter and Chase families.

Friend of Yvonne Forde, Verton Carter and many others.

The funeral of Norman Stanley Phillips leaves the C.H.Best Funeral Home, St. Martin, St. Philip on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 for the Nazarene Church, Collymore Rock, St. Michael, where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 1:00 p.m. for a Service of Thanksgiving and Praise Interment, followed by the interment at Christ Church Cemetery.

Floral tributes may be sent to C. H. Best Funeral Home no later than 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Viewing will take place in the Chapel of the C.H. Best Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21st, 2018.

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  • Epitaph on a Friend
    An honest man here lies at rest, The friend of man, the friend of truth, The friend of age, and guide of youth: Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd, Few heads with knowledge so inform'd; If there's another world, he lives in bliss; If there is none, he made the best of this.