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Barbados Airport

Barbados has only one airport which is Grantley Adams International (IATA Code: BGI), and has been awarded on numerous occasions for being the leading Caribbean Airport at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

When you are arriving to Barbados you will most likely fly along the west coast of the island to see a very scenic and beautiful view of the claim west coast beaches. If you would like a great view of the island make sure you ask for a seat on the left side of the aircraft by the window.

Barbados airport - Grantley Adams is one of the main hub airports in the Caribbean which usually connects you to the smaller Caribbean islands. So if you are flying in from Canada or the United Kingdom and are going to a smaller island like St. Vincent you will most likely go through Barbados before you connect on to those islands. However the great thing about the Barbados airport is that it is very clean, not too large, pretty efficient on leaving on time, and has friendly staff. It is actually one of the better airports I've been to and I've stopped in almost all the major airports in the world including Vancouver BC, Dallas Texas, and London UK airports.

The Barbados airport is located at the south-east part of the island and is approximately 13km from the capital city of Bridgetown.

Barbados Airport - Click To Enlarge

Grantley Adams International Airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada, American Airlines, American Eagle, BMI, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Condor, jetBlue, LIAT, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet. My wife and I have used 5 of these airlines so far and the one we enjoyed the most was British Airways as they have larger planes with more space and the service is great! You get all you can drink alcohol and pretty decent meals.

It takes approximately 4 hours to fly from Toronto Canada to Barbados. From Miami to Barbados it takes around 3 hours and 30 minutes. From New York it takes around 5 hours to Barbados. From London UK it takes around 7 hours and 30 minutes. From Los Angeles to Barbados it takes around 9 hours.

Once you arrive at Grantley Adams airport you will pass through immigration and customs which at times can be a massive line. If you go to Barbados during the busy season a lot of planes tend to land at the same time and you will all have to wait through this line. However the good news for people who were born in the Caribbean or have a work permit to work in the Caribbean they have a special line for what is called CARICOM. CARICOM stands for Caribbean Community and it is an organization of 15 Caribbean nations and dependenices. CARICOM includes the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Turks and Cicos Islands, Aruba, Colombia, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sint Marrten, Venezuela.

After you clear customs you will pick up your baggage and then if you like you can shop at the in-bound duty free shop in the Arrival Terminal. You can also get help from friendly porters with your baggage but remember to tip them between $0.50 to $1.00 USD per bag. At that point you can go outside and get a rental car, taxi, or public transportation (there is a bus stop across from the parking lot).

When you leave Barbados you need to make sure you have the visa slip you filled out when you arrived in Barbados. If you don't have that you'll need to get another one and fill that out. You will first go to your airline counter and check-in and drop off your bags. This is outside in the open air of the airport. Then you'll go through a check by showing your airline ticket and go through customs and security. At that point you'll be in the Barbados airport and have time for some more duty free shopping and dining in the food court if you please. There is plenty of seats and you'll just wait for your flight to be announced and boarded as usual. As the Barbados airport isn't super large everyone pretty much stays in one big room that you can walk across in about 2 or 3 minutes at most. So no need to run through the airport like some of the bigger ones around the world.

Barbados Concorde

If you would like to see some history of aircrafts then just next door to the Grantley Adams airport is a Concorde Museum which is home to one of the magnificent Concorde aircrafts that once flew weekly to Barbados as part of British Airways. The Concorde fleet has now retired and one of these aircrafts remains in Barbados as a museum. So if you are interested in seeing a once in a lifetime aircraft museum then check out the Barbados Concorde museum that is right next door to the Barbados airport.

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