OPEN: Ian Fleming Airport

by Jun 16, 2022Pulse

The start of scheduled international commercial flights into the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St Mary has been hailed as a significant milestone in Jamaica’s aviation and tourism industries.

“The presence today of the inaugural flight from a Caribbean Island into Boscobel is a bigger statement than what has been made,” said Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.

“Today begins a new chapter in the aviation history of this area [and] in the connectivity between this piece of geography and the rest of the world,” he added.

On June 16, Jamaica welcomed an InterCaribbean Airways Embraer120 into the Ian Fleming International Airport.

The flight brought 30 travellers from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

Passengers and crew were greeted by a delegation led by Bartlett.

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett (right), greets Chairman of InterCaribbean Airways, Lyndon Gardiner. On June 16, Jamaica welcomed its first scheduled international flight into the Ian Fleming International Airport in St Mary, which was an InterCaribbean Airways Embraer120.

Minister of Transport and Mining, Audley Shaw said the inauguration of scheduled international flights into the airport should “boost the popularity of the northeastern region for visitors”. 

He said that the flights will ensure easier access to hotels, villas, and guest houses in the country’s northern parishes. His message was delivered by Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr Janine Dawkins.

Chairman of interCaribbean Airways, Lyndon Gardiner, in his remarks thanked Jamaica for embracing the airline’s services.

He said the new partnership will serve to boost regional connectivity.

“We will now have the ability to bring people from across the Caribbean, whether it be for business, pleasure, or furthering multi-destination vacations, by offering Boscobel residents and visitors direct service across the Caribbean and vice versa,” Gardiner said.

InterCaribbean Airways serves more of the Caribbean than any other airline, with a network of 16 countries and 26 cities within the region.

The Ian Fleming International Airport was officially opened in 2011. It is named after the creator of the widely popular fictional spy, James Bond.


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