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German tourists up 24%

Greater increase expected with new flights by Eurowings

BY ANTHONY LEWIS
Observer writer

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says that between January and April of this year, the country has seen a 24 per cent increase in German visitors to the island when compared to the same period last year.

“January to April we welcomed 9,800 German visitors. That [figure] represents a 24 per cent increase over last year,” disclosed Bartlett.

Addressing a press conference at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on Monday evening following the welcoming of Eurowings out of Germany, Bartlett added that the figures for flights coming out of Germany at the end of June are encouraging.

“We are excited about the figures at the end of June, very excited about it. And we have a strong feeling that this 9,800 will get close to 12 [thousand], and that the increased 24 per cent will get closer to 30 per cent,” stated Bartlett, adding, “…good things are happening and I want to congratulate the team”.

According to Bartlett, the country is doing well with flights out of Germany, but there is room for improvement. Jamaica currently sees some 20,000 visitors out of Germany, but the aim is to have 50,000 visitors coming from that country to Jamaica by 2020.

The minister added that the country is currently on track to obtain this objective, with scheduled flights being offered by Eurowings between Cologne/Bonn in Germany and Jamaica.

The airline is expected to make two flights per week, on Mondays and Fridays, bringing in some 20,524 more seats out of Germany into Jamaica between July 3 and October 27.

The airline has since confirmed that it will also be providing services to Jamaica over the winter season.

The tourism minister added that, apart from summer service, the country is expected to benefit greatly during the winter season with another 15,000 seats.

Eurowings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa — one of the world's largest airline companies — is said to be one of Europe's leading airlines, and will be using their Airbus 330 aircraft, which has 310 seats. Flights will run from July 3 to October 27, 2017.

Eurowings is the second German airline that currently provides flights between Germany and Jamaica. The other airline is Condor.


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