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Jamaica holidays in pursuit of developing domestic air transportation

  • 28-Jan-10 13:58
  • Jamaica
  • Holiday Industry

Jamaica's Minister of Transport recently highlighted his eagerness to re-engage in the plans to further develop the Jamaica's domestic air transport as part of the multi-modal transport system he is seeking to implement in the country

Jamaica holidays in pursuit of developing domestic air transportation

For the enhancement of Jamaica holidays, aerially speaking, Jamaica’s Minister of Transport is eager to re-engage in the development of the country’s domestic air transport as part of the multi-modal transport policy he is seeking to implement in the island.

Minister of Transport, Michael Henry pointed to the Boscobel Aerodrome, in St Mary, as a place which, he says, will soon be the third international port of call within the Jamaican aviation network.

"It will be the third international port of entry into Jamaica, (and) it will be equipped with all the Immigration and Customs (facilities) that is necessary," he stated.

He went on by adding that the overall focus would be to create a network of airports, with a view to expanding communications and also expanding the potential of Jamaica holidays at other places in the island creating new points of interests for tourism.

The Minister called for a joint function to mark the opening of MBJ Airports Limited's new domestic terminal at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, and the launch of Jamaica Air Shuttle, a new domestic inter-island air service to connect the main point of interests and offer traveller with a better way to explore all that Jamaica holidays have to offer.

Henry further stated that the airport development programme is just part of the multi-modal transportation policy of his ministry, which includes and involves the development and connectivity of road, sea, rail and air transportation sectors, thus being an important factor when it comes to the quality of transport infrastructure the traveller experiences on Jamaica holidays.

He said that this will include the development of Vernamfield as an air cargo hub in southern Clarendon, plus the establishment of logistics centres.

"All this is being complemented by an international approach, to ensure that Jamaica moves from merely air service agreements and more into an open skies policy approach," he continued

Henry also added that he will be taking an open skies policy document to cabinet, as soon as possible.

On a last note, the Minister announced the formation of Jamaica Far East Cargo Limited, owned by investors from the Far East, which will be pursuing flights taking travellers to Jamaica holidays, shortly. He pointed out that the company needs no Government support or guarantees, and is fully registered.

The company will also fit perfectly into the multi-modal transportation plans his ministry is pursuing, with respect to the transportation of cargo to, within and from Jamaica, Henry said.

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