First Flight Covers

As an island with a strong maritime history much of Barbados philatelic history is based around the transfer of letters by ship. Of course today all the mail goes by air and there are regular flights from the island to not only neighbouring islands but to major international hubs.

Many of these routes started in fairly recent times with the first flight into what was then known as Seawell Airport, landing in September 1938 when a mail plane from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from Trinidad landed safely. Today Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) serves as an international airport and mail comes into and out of it daily.

As mail services developed then inevitably there were first flight covers and this section covers any that happen to turn up in the collection.