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| Jul 11, 2023

Barbados slashes airport service fee 

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Barbados has slashed its airport service charge in a bid to spur more intra-regional travel.

The Barbados Ministry of Tourism announced that the destination has lowered its airport service charge from $35 to $20, a move that will take effect through at least December 14, 2023. Tourism Minister Ian Gooding-Edghill said the cost of intra-regional travel was too high with the reduction intending to “stimulate the local market”.

Barbados has also been working to increase the number of weekly flights to the island, talking to carriers like InterCaribbean and Air Antilles, among others. According to Gooding-Edghill, “we recognize that the CARICOM market is price sensitive [and] we recognize if we are going to drive traffic to the destination in the absence of having what was LIAT in its former form, then we had to take the necessary steps to make the adjustments.”

Continuing, Gooding-Edghill remarked: “We took this step because we felt confident that a reduction in the airport service charge will stimulate travel within the region and also ensure that we get more arrivals from the Caribbean into Barbados. I am pleased to say, based on the load factors coming out of both regional carriers, that we are seeing an increase in the number of arrivals from within CARICOM.”

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