Tourism ministry welcomes new non-stop flight between N Carolina and MoBay

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett led a group of tourism officials to welcome yet another new flight service at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay yesterday.

The officials on Saturday welcomed Frontier Airlines' inaugural flight from Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, after its arrival at 9:41 am.

Speaking at the welcome reception at the Sangster International Airport, Bartlett said: “As we see more gateways being added to the roster of flight options, this will translate to more seats and indeed more visitors. We are working on even more seamless air connectivity, so we can attract many more visitors to our shores.”

According to the ministry, the Frontier flight will operate twice weekly between Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and Montego Bay.

Frontier Airlines is an American ultra low-cost carrier and ranks as the eighth-largest commercial airline in the United States. Raleigh is the capital of the North Carolina and is the state's second largest city and home to several major Universities, the ministry shared.

Just last month the Bartlett and his team welcomed a new nonstop flight from Moscow, Russia by Pegas Touristik/Nordwind Airlines and also new nonstop flights from Calgary, Canada by Westjet, beginning November 3.

They also recently announced new nonstop flights by LATAM Airlines between Montego Bay, Jamaica and their massive Lima, Peru hub thereby opening up easier connections to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and other South American countries. This seven month after meeting with LATAM executives at their Santiago, Chile headquarters as part of a whirlwind visit with travel industry leaders across several South American nations.

In highlighting the Jamaica Tourist Board's (JTB) role in these new routes, Director of Tourism, Donovan White said: “The JTB has its role in the process of the growth agenda and that is to continue to stimulate the overseas markets and by stimulating overseas markets, we create opportunities like these for airlines like Frontier to see opportunities to fly passengers to Jamaica and this is a great start for a new service.”

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