Release – Continuing to grow Jamaica into a regional airlift hub, the destination is pleased to welcome back weekly service from Grand Cayman (GCM), into Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, by Cayman Airways. The flight, which arrived on Thursday, August 4, marked the first time the carrier has operated this route since the pandemic.
“I could not be more pleased to welcome back this service by Cayman Airways,” said Minister of Tourism, Jamaica, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett. “The key to growing visitor arrivals and building tourism is airlift. Therefore, resuming these flights into Montego Bay is important in making Jamaica an aviation hub and building better inter-island connectivity within the Caribbean so that travellers can enjoy multiple destinations in one trip.”
Cayman Airways’ flight KX2602 will operate weekly on Thursdays. It utilizes a 160-seat Boeing 738 aircraft for these flights. Cayman Airways also operates daily flights between Grand Cayman (GCM) and Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), with twice-daily flights on Fridays. The addition of the Thursday flight to Montego Bay (MBJ) brings the carrier’s total number of weekly flights to Jamaica to 9.
Jamaica Tourist Board officials and tourism stakeholders were on hand at the airport to mark the celebratory occasion.
“Having more small airline partners like Cayman Airways operate into more airports in Jamaica helps us build capacity into various areas within the destination,” added Director White. “We want to make it easier for passengers to fly into one island on a larger carrier, then use a smaller one to connect to their final destination.”
About Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Tokyo and Paris.
In 2021, the JTB was declared “World’s Leading Cruise Destination”, “World’s Leading Family Destination”, and “World’s Leading Wedding Destination” for the second consecutive year by the World Travel Awards, which also named it the “Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board” for the 14th consecutive year; and the “Caribbean’s Leading Destination” for the 16th consecutive year; as well as the “Caribbean’s Best Nature Destination” and the “Caribbean’s Best Adventure Tourism Destination”. In addition, Jamaica was awarded four gold 2021 Travvy Awards, including “Best Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas,” “Best Culinary Destination –Caribbean”, “Best Travel Agent Academy Program”, as well as a TravelAge West WAVE award for “International Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Advisor Support” for a record-setting 10th time.
In 2020, the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the 2020 “Destination of the Year for Sustainable Tourism”. In 2019, TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that continue to receive prominent global recognition.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica, go to the JTB’s Website or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422).
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