As a part of its Eastern Caribbean expansion, Caribbean Airlines launched service between Barbados and Dominica with its first flight on September 20. The newly added regional flight will initially operate twice weekly on Saturday and Sunday. However, service will increase to four times weekly by mid-October.
In commenting on the launch of the new route, Caribbean Airlines’ CEO Garvin Medera, stated: “Our growth in the Eastern Caribbean continues with the start of service between Barbados and Dominica. Caribbean Airlines is fulfilling our mandate to make regional travel easier and more convenient; this network expansion is working in parallel with our strategic interline agreements to facilitate seamless connections from international destinations via Barbados to St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Antigua, Kingston, Jamaica and now Dominica.”
Dominica’s Tourism Minister, Ms Denise Charles, said during the inauguration ceremony on Sunday that the new flight “has opened up a new gateway for us in Dominica to access Latin American countries and other international destinations.”
“We look forward to a very strong partnership with Caribbean Airlines as we seek to improve on air access into Dominica, in the medium term, as we work towards the construction of our international airport.”
– Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit
Meanwhile,Dominica reopened its borders for tourists on August 7th, following strict travel protocols as one of the world’s least affected countries by COVID-1. Dominica has reported a total of 25 positive cases of COVID-19 with a population of over 71,000, where 20,000 people inhabit Roseau, the capital city, and Portsmouth, the second major city.
Regional Travel within the Caribbean with CARICOM’s Travel Bubble
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have taken a major step tourism recovery. Notably, with efforts towards Covid-challenges with a regional travel bubble, rolled out September 18. Notably, those within CARICOM’s travel bubble won’t need a PCR test in advance or to quarantine on entry. Ultimately, this criteria is determined by the country’s positive cases per 100k people in the last 14 days. While Belize is not included in the regional travel bubble, it prepares to reopen leisurely air travel after 6 months. The Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) will reopen on October 1 as Phase 3 of Belize’s 5-Phased Travel Reopening Plan. Belize has reported 1,635 positive cases and 967 recoveries recorded to date. Read more on Belize’s travel advisory here.
Travel regulations and requirements are subject to change as new developments in COVID-19 arise. It is important to visit www.travelbelize.org/health-safety before booking travel or visiting Belize.
Source: FTN News