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The highly anticipated return of Jamaica’s national airline to Canada is less than one month away.
Recently, officials of Air Jamaica were in Toronto to unveil several tasty dishes and highlight the services that Canadian passengers will be able to enjoy when the airline flies into Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on April 5, for the first time in 14 years.
“We are here to stay,” declared Richard Lue, Air Jamaica’s Regional Manager for Special Markets.On April 5, Air Jamaica will fly into Toronto from Kingston and at 8:30 a.m. on April 6, Air Jamaica will depart Toronto for Kingston. At this time, Air Jamaica will not be flying to Montego Bay from Canada but will have seats on Air Canada flights into the second city.
Will Rodgers, Air Jamaica’s Senior Vice President for Industrial Affairs, highlighted some of the changes the airline has experienced since it last flew to Canada in 1990. He pointed out that privatization took place 10 years ago and a revitalized company was born. A commitment was made to resume service to gateways where there was a significant Jamaican population and the time was now right for the resumption to Canada.
He explained that Air Jamaica’s aim was for each passenger to have a wonderful flying experience, and the expectation “is that as soon as Jamaicans check-in they will immediately feel as if they are already home, while tourists should feel as if they are already on vacation”.
Also on hand was the “only flying Chef in the industry”, Louis Bailey, who praised Toronto for the wide variety of Caribbean foods to be found here, unlike several gateways elsewhere. Chef Bailey, who can be seen on several flights each week talking to passengers and getting their feedback on the dishes served, said it was very easy to change the menu if there were complaints.
Two Jamaican Canadians who can hardly wait for the service to resume are Carole Walker and Leslene Downs, who each won a complimentary ticket to Jamaica.The evening ended with the audience sampling some of the dishes which will be served on the flights, including ackee and saltfish, calaloo and saltfish, run dung, festival and jerk chicken.

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