Ian Fleming airport welcomes first int'l scheduled flight

ST MARY, Jamaica- The Ian Fleming International Airport on Thursday welcomed its inaugural flight from Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The arrival of the flight signals a positive sign for intra-regional travel, which has taken a hit since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020, resulting in US$1 billion in lost revenue.

Touted to lead the way for recovery, the flight from Turks and Caicos is expected to further drive air connectivity between Jamaica and the rest of the region, a move proudly supported by the chairman of InterCaribbean Lyndon Gardiner.

"Only the sun can cover the Caribbean better than we do. We look forward to many many more happy landings," he said.

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, in welcoming the flight, said the prospects for air connectivity have been significantly heightened by the introduction of these new flights.

"Today begins a new chapter in terms of this piece of geography (Jamaica) and the rest of the world. During the recovery, we will be bringing a lot more new markets here, " he stated.

The addition of the fight from Turks and Caicos, which is scheduled to make once monthly trips before transitioning to once weekly, adds to the growing number of international flights scheduled to run out of the Ian Fleming Airport.

Earlier this year, major air carrier American Airline also said that it would, as of November 5, commence twice-weekly international flights between Miami and Ocho Rios through its Embraer-175 regional jet which can seat up to 88 passengers.

READ: American Airlines to begin non-stop flights between Miami and Ian Flemming International Airport in November

The addition of flights to the airport realises a long-standing dream of former hotelier and business mogul Gordon "Butch" Stewart, who for decades lobbied for greater use of the facility and scheduled international flights operating out of the airport.

Stewart believed that the small gateway, situated in Oracabessa, St Mary, carried the potential to open up a new wave of tourism opportunities and economic development in the northeast end of the island belted by popular tourist towns and attractions.

Minister Bartlett says the country should be using the new developments at the airport as “a game changing one for Boscobel."

Previously known as the Boscobel Aerodrome, the small airport located approximately 15 km away from the resort town of Ocho Rios is named after the famous author of the James Bond fictional series of spy novels. The facility officially became a port of entry in 2011.

RELATED STORIES: Scheduled international flights to begin at Ian Fleming International Airport

Tourism takes flight

Ian Fleming International Airport — Never say never again!

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at https://bit.ly/epaper-login


  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

Which long-term investment option is more attractive to you at the moment?