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Delta Airlines has pulled out of Barbados again

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Delta Airlines has pulled out of Barbados again
Kerri Gooding
16 August 2017

The last flight on Delta Airlines from the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) left on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

Attempts to reach Delta in Barbados have been futile, however, local travel agencies have confirmed the news. In addition, on Delta’s website when trying to book a flight out of Barbados beyond August 12, 2016, there was a notice stating, “Uh-oh! We're sorry, but there are no scheduled Delta/Partner flights from Barbados - Grantley Adams Intl Arpt (BGI) to Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl (ATL). Please try searching for airports within a 100 mile radius of Barbados - Grantley Adams Intl Arpt (BGI). #101765R”

Speaking to a representative from Delta Airlines via their toll-free number it was revealed that the market has been discontinued and there is a cancellation note in the system "from September 12, 2017". The Rep, however, said that Delta operates seasonally so she is not certain if the cancellation is permanent.

Delta served Barbados from December 2005 through 2011, offering flights from its Atlanta hub. Then they resumed service to Barbados ending a three-year absence in the market on December 4, 2014, offering two weekly flights from both Atlanta and New York JFK. The carrier was set to fly one round-trip flight each Thursday and Saturday on 160-seat Boeing 737-800 jets.

When Delta closed services on Saturday, it was only flying to Atlanta out of Barbados. Persons who had booked flights after August, 2017, have been complaining online about their flight details and status updates disappearing and they have been receiving refunds from Delta Airlines. Persons were even using TripAdvisor and other forums to try to gain insight into the flight changes and reasons.

Loop News reached out to the travel agencies to determine the impact of the discontinuation.

Having consulted with her team members, Reservations Supervisor Lynette Rice of the Travel House said: “There is no real impact unfortunately because even though Atlanta is a popular destination in a sense, we found that the demand wasn’t there really for Delta to Atlanta, so in our opinion there is no real impact unfortunately.”

A Rep for Indar Weir Travel, too said that "there are other options so it has not really impacted us in any great detail, any major way." In terms of persons who were affected by the discontinuation directly, she said that there was one person who had already booked whose travel plans were affected but that individual merely opted to take another route.

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