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The Ministry of Tourism has signed an agreement with US Airways, which will provide for an increase in airlift out of the United States of America (USA) to Jamaica.
“An arrangement has been concluded with US Airways to commence some 64 rotations over a 17-week period out of Phoenix (Arizona). We start on the 17th of December and we conclude in April 2010,” informed portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, at a press briefing held recently at his Knutsford Boulevard office in Kingston.
He informed that the Phoenix hub “provides for connection or connectivity through 31 gateways in the west of the United States. That is a very significant connection.”
The arrangement with US Airways, he said, will ensure that the level of connectivity between Jamaica and the US, which is the island’s largest tourism market, is restored.
In the meantime, Minister Bartlett pointed out that despite the economic downturn, visitor arrivals from the United States since the start of the year, is similar to the same period in 2008.
“The projections were that we would be down out of the US. In fact, up to the month of March we were down, but we have progressively increased our share of the US market and today, as of the end of July, we are at the same level that we were last year,” the Tourism Minister said.
He noted that high numbers from the US, and the strong performance of the Canadian market, have enabled the country to “be leaders in the Caribbean in terms of stopover arrivals.”

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