Western Air makes inaugural flight taking travellers from The Bahamas to Jamaica holidays
Easing out the transitional period during which Caribbean Airlines take over Air Jamaica, Western Air has stepped in flying a new rout to Jamaica from the Bahamas and thus minimising any travel disruptions that may arise as a result of the merger.
Yesterday we informed you of how the takeover of Caribbean Airlines over Air Jamaica had to be re-scheduled to a later date as both parties wanted to give enough time to guarantee a smooth transaction whilst promising travellers that their journeys would suffer minimal disruptions on their travel routes. This minimising of disruptions now seems to be reinforced with Western Air’s new service to Jamaica from the Bahamas, catering to Jamaica holidays during a critical time of transition.
The largest of The Bahamas airlines, Western Air, recently made its inaugural flight to Jamaica this last Tuesday 12th April 2010 as it landed at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston carrying aboard a total number of 24 passengers, many of which travelled from The Bahamas to enjoy Jamaica holidays.
It was Captain Busch Armbrister who piloted the SAAB 340A aircraft from the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, which landed at around 11:30 a.m. to be received by the usual watery welcome given at the safe landing of an inaugural flight, in this case the first of many Caribbean flights taking passengers from Jamaica to Bahamas or viceversa, as well as taking holidaymakers to-and-fro Bahamas holidays and Jamaica holidays. Upon arrival the crew and passengers were formally welcomed on the ground by Senior Vice-President of Operations at the NMIA, Paul Hall.
The airline now operates on the route that has been previously served by Air Jamaica, which made its last flight from Nassau last Monday 11th April. Vice-president Hall expressed how the airport's management was pleased that Western Air would be operating direct flights between Jamaica and The Bahamas and how this would be a positive move for both Jamaica holidays and Bahamas holidays as both Caribbean countries’ tourism industry could be enhance with more options on air travel between the islands.
Rex Rolle, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Western Air, explained how the airline had decided to take up the route to minimise any displacement from the withdrawal by Air Jamaica and in this way ease out any inconvenience caused to travellers wanting to travel to Jamaica holidays during this transitional period.
"There are a lot of Bahamian students here. A lot of Bahamians live and visit Jamaica. A lot of Jamaicans visit and work in The Bahamas, most of them don't have United States visas, so it would be quite difficult for them to come to Jamaica or The Bahamas without direct air services. Also, if you don't come direct, the cost will be double or triple" - he said.
Rolle also informed that the airline would be operating one flight daily from Sunday to Friday each week aboard an aircraft with a seating capacity of 33 passengers.
Having been in operation for 10 years as a domestic carrier and is the largest privately owned airline in The Bahamas, Western Air is responsible for taking many passengers to Bahamas holidays and many other Caribbean holiday destinations. The airline has a fleet of 11 aircraft servicing the various islands of The Bahamas as well as servicing the Turks and Caicos Islands, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
On a final note, Rolle also added that the flight into Kingston was part of the airline's expansion plans and that Western Air was looking to further expand their services to Jamaica holidays with future plans for flights to Montego Bay.
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