Jamaica has welcomed back weekly service from Grand Cayman into Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, by Cayman Airways. The flight, which arrived on August 4, marked the first time the carrier has operated this route since the pandemic. Its return is seen as sign of Jamaica’s continued growth into a regional airlift hub.
“I could not be more pleased to welcome back this service by Cayman Airways,” said Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett.
He stressed that airlift is the key to growing visitor arrivals and building tourism.
“Therefore, the resumption of these flights into Montego Bay is an important step 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,” said the minister.
Cayman Airways’ flight KX2602 will operate weekly on Thursdays. It is utilising a 160-seat Boeing 738 aircraft for these flights. Cayman Airways also operates daily flights between Grand Cayman and Kingston’s Norman Manley international Airport with twice daily flights on Fridays. The addition of the Thursday flight to Montego Bay brings the carrier’s total number of weekly flights to Jamaica to nine.
Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) 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,” said JTB’s Tourism Director, Donovan White. “We want to make it easier for passengers to be able fly into one island on a larger carrier, then use a smaller one to connect to their final destination.”