According to Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, American Airlines will be sending 15 flights into Montego Bay every Saturday, starting December.
The Minister applauded the move and noted that it will be a record for any single carrier.
He also posited the view that the new thrust by the airlines will ensure that Jamaica’s tourism continues to soar, “moving us closer to achieving the target of five million visitors by 2021”.
He noted that American Airlines offers its 200 million customers 6,800 daily flights to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries per year, from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington DC.
“I’d like to say how pleased we are to have American Airlines as a tourism partner as we seek to grow Jamaica’s tourism. Based on the airline’s track record of growth and performance, we’re confident that we can look forward to a sustained and mutually beneficial partnership,” Bartlett said.
He further said he will be having discussions with the airport management on how to manage the expected increase in traffic given the arrivals.
“Weekends are very strong for Jamaica. We are going to be challenged because that level of rotation from a singular carrier is going to tax the capacity here, so we are going to have to look at how we have to improve and expand and to create a greater level of seamlessness in our operations,” he stated.
Carol May, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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