A ‘Significant increase’ in new flights to Jamaica will see 100,000 new visitors.


Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says beginning this week a significant increase in new flights into Jamaica will add approximately 1-hundred thousand new visitor arrival seats over the coming months.

This adding to an over 6-percent increase in visitor arrivals to Jamaica for the first 4 months of this year compared to 2016.

In a statement on the weekend, Minister Bartlett noted that Jamaica will be taking a more proactive and coordinated effort to enhance airlift.

Among the new flights is Southwest Airlines which yesterday began non-stop flights between Fort Lauderdale and Montego Bay.

This, adding 52-thousand new seats over the year in and out of the island.

Minister Bartlett says this flight has increased connectivity to more US cities as Jamaica’s tourism industry continues to grow.

The Tourism Minister says as a result of a targeted focus on Western Europe and driving increased arrivals from there, weekly charter flights between Spain, Portugal and Jamaica will also begin this month.

Minister Bartlett says he’s also looking forward to one of Europe’s leading airlines, Eurowings, coming to the island with a twice weekly scheduled service between Germany’s largest populated metropolitan region and Montego Bay.

This is set to begin on July 3.

According to the Tourism Ministry, this represents 33-thousand new seats over the period of a year.

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