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Jamaica holidays ready to welcome more flights

  • 01-Jul-10 12:52
  • Jamaica
  • Holiday Industry

During the 3rd International Civil Aviation Organisation conference held last Sunday in Montego Bay, the Jamaican Minister of Transport and Works expressed the island's keen interest inn signing new flight deals as the country was ready for more capacity

Jamaica holidays ready to welcome more flights

More capacity and flelxibility is to be given to Jamaica holidays as the Caribbean island foresees a future of increased flights servicing this popular holiday destination. Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry, recently confirmed that Jamaica was ready to sign new deals, which will bring more flights into the island.

Henry cited improvements carried out at the island's two international airports, noting that the current facilities can accommodate up to 10 million more travellers and thus increase the inflow of worldwide passengers flying to Jamaica holidays.

Speaking at a cultural reception for delegates attending the 3rd International Civil Aviation Organisation conference (ICAO), held on Sunday in Montego Bay, Mr Henry made a strong emphasis on how Jamaica holidays would benefit from an increase in flight operations, also noting that the island's airports were ready to receive an increased number of passengers.

Representatives from 43 member states of ICAO are currently attending the six-day conference, where Jamaica is expected to sign at least 7 new open skies agreements and open the door for another 20 or more contracts.

According to the Minister, the conference is important in boosting Jamaica's open skies policy and expand the aeronautical industry, by inviting more countries to fly into Jamaica and introduce the market for Jamaica holidays to its citizens.

The neew arrangements to be concluded soon, he said, will positively impact on the running of the island's airports, lead to better business opportunities, lower the cost of travel, and boost job creation and the visitor market. He said that the intention is to make Jamaica a hub for the travelling world, offering greater flexibility and connections between Jamaica holidays and the rest of the world.

Henry encouraged the delegates, even as they conclude the formal arrangements, to take time out to enjoy the offerings of the country.

The ICAO is the United Nations agency with responsibility for international civil aviation. To facilitate the ease and convenience of member states negotiating air service agreements, the agency devised the ICAN Conference, so that delegates could meet annually, at one venue, to negotiate deals.

More than 150 delegates are participating in the conference, which ends on July 2. During the six days, Jamaica expects to negotiate agreements with countries from Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America.

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