Copa Airlines resumed service to Jamaica with a flight from Tocumen Airport in Panama City, Panama, arriving at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay with some 98 passengers and seven crew members on board, recently.
It was the airline’s first flight to the island, following the closure of the country’s borders earlier this year as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Regional Director, Odette Dyer, in her remarks at a press briefing shortly after the flight landed, welcomed the boost to tourism that will be created by the return of Copa.
She noted that the resumption will also strengthen the JTB’s efforts to get into the Latin American market. COPA Airlines services more than 80 gateways in Latin America.
“This arrival today is significant because it gives us hope that Jamaica will rebound, our tourism industry will rebound in short order. It inspires us at the JTB to continue doing the work that we do, which is to market destination Jamaica so that we remain the premier tourism destination in the Caribbean,” she added.
The island’s borders were closed to incoming travelers in March due to COVID-19 and reopened in June.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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