Updated January 3, 2014 6:50pm: Business Insider received our email and changed the headline to correctly read “Barbados” and not “Bermuda”
Let’s make a potential ‘disaster’ into a worldwide opportunity!
Bridgetown Barbados, January 3, 2014 5:08pm
This is just breaking on an Australian newswire Business Insider Australia where it is reported that severe weather in the Northeast USA has caused the cancellation of 5,000 flights over two days. It is minus -47 degrees Celsius in Canada and Northern USA!
The Australian news service interviews a few folks “stuck in Barbados” as if this is a negative. Actually they called us “BERMUDA” !!!
Barbados Tourism Authority… where are you?
There are probably hundreds or maybe thousands of tourists that are going to have flights home delayed. What is the BTA doing to ensure these people are looked after? Are we organising any events for them? Is the Prime Minister or Tourism Minister on board for some visits?
And let’s correct that headline error of “Bermuda”!!!!
Wuhloss! This is not a disaster… it is an opportunity for the world’s press to report on how we welcomed and looked after these folks! Where’s the rum producers? A few bottles here and there would do wonders! Double the tours, keep them happy.
OR… have the tourists go back home telling how they were “stuck in Barbados” instead of saying how it was too bad the weather socked in, but what a wonderful time they had.
Our choice how we handle this: BTA… where are you?
From Business Insider Australia…
JetBlue Stranded A Bunch Of People In Barbados And May Not Get Them Home For A Week (BARBADOS!)
After a snowstorm that hit the Northeast and led airlines to cancel over 5,000 U.S. flights in two days, an unlucky group of JetBlue passengers is stuck in Barbados.
Some of them may not get back to New York for a week.
Passenger Lee Cochran told Business Insider that after her Friday afternoon flight to JFK was cancelled, JetBlue rebooked her on a January 9 flight. Her sister got a January 12 trip home.
Cochran asked about the possibility of flying to another city or being rebooked on another airline, but nothing worked out.
She gave credit to the JetBlue employees she worked with — “they did try to look for alternative options, but were limited in resources” — but ended up booking a Monday afternoon flight on another airline, for an “exorbitant” price.
“JetBlue won’t pay for anything,” Cochran said. She’s spared the cost of a hotel, since the rest of her family is staying on the island a bit longer.
Cochran added that she was in line behind a family rebooked on a January 10 flight, who were considering chartering a private plane home.
A JetBlue spokesperson explained that part of the problem is that the New York to Barbados route is served by only one Airbus A321 plane, which seats just 120 passengers. Because many customers had booked trips home after the New Year’s holiday, there isn’t a lot of extra capacity to absorb passengers whose flights were cancelled.
The airline may be able to run an extra flight if a crew and aircraft are available, but that’s not guaranteed. The storm left passengers stranded all over, and new FAA rules that limit the number of consecutive hours pilots can fly go into effect on Saturday.
If customers are stuck without a flight for three days, the airline will “prioritise” getting them home, the spokesperson said. While it’s “not likely” that some will be stuck in Barbados for as long as a week, it’s not impossible, either.
… read the rest of this news article at Business Insider Australia