Bartlett Announces New Flights Out Of South America And Russia To Jamaica.
Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, has announced new flights out of South America and Russia to Jamaica.
Speaking at a press conference to provide updates on industry developments, at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on Tuesday (September 3), Mr.
Bartlett said those and further expansion in the island’s hotel room stock by more than 1,000 over the next three months, are projected to result in an average eight to nine per cent growth in stopover visitor arrivals.
He added that this should also result in a 10.2 per cent growth in overall revenue generated by tourism for the 2019 calendar year.
Regarding the airlift arrangements, Mr. Bartlett said come December 2, LATAM Airlines will commence service between Lima, Peru and Montego Bay, with three flights per week.
This, he pointed out, will increase the number of flights out of South America to 14, with COPA Airlines currently operating 11 weekly flights between Panama and Jamaica.
That is good news, especially in light of the fact that the South American market has shown the highest level of growth for this year, so far. I think they are growing somewhere in the region of 22 to 24 per cent, the Minister told journalists.
Mr. Bartlett further advised that Russian airline Pegas Fly, which currently provides flights to Jamaica using 747 aircraft, will be utilising bigger jets, which will increase the number of passengers travelling to Montego Bay to 500 per trip.
This is exciting news, because it will expand our reach into Continental and Eastern Europe, he added.