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Southwest Airlines increases flights to MoBay

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

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Southwest Airlines, ranked as the world's largest low-cost carrier, has increased its service between its home base, Dallas, and Montego Bay to two flights daily.

The Ministry of Tourism says that this will add another 52,000 new seats in and out of Jamaica while increasing connectivity to other US cities.

The additional Southwest flight, number 1112, departs Fort Lauderdale at 9:10 am daily, while the return flight, number 1113, departs Montego Bay every day at 11:50 am.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, who has welcomed the development, noted that Southwest is a major partner that has grown by leaps and bounds.

“In the quest to drive arrivals and to build up economic growth and prosperity in our country, airlift forms the central infrastructure. There is no way the connectivity can be realised without carefully planned and properly executed airlift arrangements,” Bartlett explained.

Southwest is a major US airline already operating regular, non-stop service into Montego Bay from Orlando, Florida; Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; and Baltimore, Maryland.

Senior advisor and strategist at the Ministry of Tourism, Delano Seiveright, noted that there are now up to seven flights per day by Southwest into Montego Bay.

“More new flights, more new rooms, closer collaboration with cruise operators, enhancing relationships with non-traditional players like Airbnb and, of course, deepening linkages across entertainment, gastronomy, health and wellness, and other areas are among the lead initiatives being pursued to achieve tourism growth goals,” he stated.

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