Airlift from Ireland to Barbados: Connecting Nations Across the Atlantic

The airlift from Ireland to Barbados via the United Kingdom provides Irish travellers with an excellent opportunity to visit the island and, to experience the culinary capital and the gem of the Caribbean.

The carriers which connect this part of the world to Barbados’ shores are British Airways (BA), Virgin Atlantic (VA), Aer Lingus (EI), and Norse Airlines (NO) which collectively orchestrate up to 41 weekly flights, ensuring travellers can traverse the distance between Ireland and Barbados, via the UK, with unparalleled ease and efficiency.

British Airways (BA): With a robust schedule comprising up to 12 flights per week, British Airways solidifies its position as a key player in transatlantic air travel and, partner to Barbados for 70 years. Departing from two major London airports, London Heathrow (LHR) and London Gatwick (LGW), BA offers seven weekly flights from LHR and five from LGW, granting passengers a choice of departure points for their journey to Barbados.

Virgin Atlantic (VA): Another stalwart in the realm of aviation, Virgin Atlantic contributes significantly to the airlift between Ireland and Barbados, via the United Kingdom from where the airline has operated to Barbados for over 25 years. Operating 14 dedicated flights per week directly from LHR, VA provides travellers with ample options for their transatlantic voyage.

Additionally, VA offers six tagged flights from LHR, with three each bound for St. Vincent and Grenada, further expanding connectivity across the Caribbean. Not to be outdone, Virgin Atlantic extends its reach beyond London, with five weekly flights departing from Manchester (MAN), facilitating seamless travel for passengers from the north of England.

Aer Lingus (EI): Proudly representing Ireland’s flag carrier, Aer Lingus plays a vital role in bridging the gap between the Emerald Isle and Barbados and, has provided a seasonal service for the past three winters. With three weekly flights originating from Manchester (MAN), Aer Lingus provides travellers with a convenient gateway to the Caribbean paradise, complementing the offerings of its British counterparts.

Norse Airlines (NO): While Norse Airlines may operate a more modest schedule compared to its counterparts, its contribution to the airlift should not be overlooked. With a weekly flight departing from London Gatwick (LGW), Norse Airlines adds another layer of accessibility for travellers seeking passage to Barbados from the United Kingdom.

Collectively, these carriers form the backbone of the airlift from Ireland to Barbados via the United Kingdom. Their combined efforts not only facilitate the movement of passengers but allow Irish travellers the opportunity to experience the unique Bajan culture and heritage and the warm hospitality of the people of Barbados.

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About Barbados

The island of Barbados offers a unique Caribbean experience steeped in rich history and colourful culture, and rooted in remarkable landscapes. Barbados is the home of two of the three remaining Jacobean Mansions left in the Western hemisphere, as well as fully functional rum distilleries. In fact, this island is known as the birthplace of rum, commercially producing and bottling the spirit since the 1700s. Each year, Barbados hosts several world-class events including the annual Barbados Food and Rum Festival; the annual Barbados Reggae Festival; and the annual Crop Over Festival, where celebrities such as Lewis Hamilton and its very own Rihanna are often spotted. Accommodations are wide and varied, ranging from picturesque plantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfast gems; prestigious international chains; and award-winning five-diamond resorts. In 2018, Barbados’ accommodation sector captured 13 awards in the Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, All-Inclusive, Small, Best Service, Bargain, and Romance categories of the ‘Traveler’s Choice Awards’. And getting to paradise is a breeze: the Grantley Adams International Airport offers plenty non-stop and direct services from a growing number of U.S., U.K., Canadian, Caribbean, European, and Latin American gateways, making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean. Visit Barbados and experience why for two years in a row it won the prestigious Star Winter Sun Destination Award at the ‘Travel Bulletin Star Awards’ in 2017 and 2018. For more information on travel to Barbados, visit, follow on Facebook at, and via Twitter @Barbados.