GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, has received approval to start scheduled flights between Brazil and Barbados, in the Caribbean.
Flights will begin on June 26 and will be operated once a week, on Saturdays, under the VARIG brand.
“We will be the only Brazilian airline to offer regular flights to Barbados,” declared Claudia Pagnano, market vice-president for GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes. “Our operation will reduce the journey time of Brazilians visiting this destination by several hours. Currently the fastest route is via the United States.”
The new flight will leave Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) at 4:35 p.m. (local time) on Saturdays, arriving at Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) serving Bridgetown, Barbados, at 9:15 p.m. local time. The return flight will leave Bridgetown at 10:00 p.m., arriving at GRU at 4:35 a.m. local time on Sunday.
The VARIG service will include economy and Comfort class, which offers more leg room, hot meals, individual on-board entertainment, more privacy, a 150-per-cent mileage bonus in GOL’s SMILES frequent flyer program, exclusive check-in facilities, and priority boarding and disembarking.
Located in the southeast Caribbean, Barbados is part of the Lesser Antilles group. With a tropical climate and advanced infrastructure, it attracts tourists and business travelers the year round.
GOL has formed partnerships with tour operators specializing in the Caribbean in order to sell packages to Barbados. Tickets for the new destination can also be acquired on GOL’s website at www.voegol.com.br, from the airline’s Customer Relationship Center and from travel agents.