Country Profile


Key Facts

Date of Independence:
30 November 1966
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
201 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
181 of 242 in the World

The Country


Barbados is an island nation in the western North Atlantic, just outside of the Caribbean Sea. Its nearest neighbours are Saint Lucia to the north west, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the west, Grenada to the south west and Trinidad and Tobago to the far south west.

The terrain of Barbados is made up of limestone and coral. The land is quite flat relative to neighboring islands. A range of low hills lines the eastern coastline, with more extensive hill ranges in the Scotland District, in the north east of the island. The highest of these rises to 340 m (1,120 ft).

Barbados has a total land area of 431 sq km (186 sq miles) and had a population of 274,000 in 2010. The main ethnic groups are Afro-Caribbean 93%, White 3.2%, Mixed race 2.6%, East Indian 1% and others 0.2%. The capital city is Bridgetown.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Barbados History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Barbados
World Travel Guide – Caribbean – Barbados
wikipedia: Barbados
wikipedia: History of Barbados


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Barbados.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

Barbados civil aircraft use the registration sequence 8P-AAA to 8P-ZZZ. Prior to independence the sequence VQ-Bxx was used, 1929-1968. The first registration occurred in 1952.

All-time Barbados – civil aircraft register (VQ-Baa 8P-aaa).
[Get involved with the Aeroflight Cloud.]

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Defence Aviation (Barbados Defence Force Air Wing)
Defence Aviation (Regional Security System)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – VIP transport currently is provided by commercial operators. The Government has in the past leased aircraft from Barclays International, including King Air 100 8P-BAR (c/n ??) and IAI 1124 Westwind 8P-BAR (c/n 396).
Coast Guard Aviation (Barbados Coast Guard) – no aviation unit

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – no helicopter rescue service
Police Aviation (Royal Barbados Police) – no aviation unit

Commercial Aviation

Leeward Islands Air Transport – LIAT

wikipedia: Airlines of Barbados
The World’s Airlines: Barbados

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in Barbados

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

Concorde Experience, Christ Church

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

To be added

Web Links

To be added.

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