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Air Jamaica’s resumption of non-stop flights from New York to St. Lucia has met with positive responses from members of that country’s community in New York.
Speaking to reporters and airline officials in Manhattan recently, St. Lucia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Julian Hunte, described the Jamaican carrier as a “good corporate citizen”, noting that its return to St. Lucia was an important aspect of the development of the tourism industry.
“In fact, the development of the industry would be incomplete without Air Jamaica playing the vital role that it has played in the past.,” he said.
“We are ecstatic, we are delighted, and we are thrilled about Air Jamaica ‘s return. When you need people, we must be honest (and) bold enough to say we need you. We missed you and thank you very much for returning to St. Lucia. We know there is a market for you, particularly with the new schedule,” Ambassador Hunte told the airline’s officials.
Air Jamaica’s Director of Community Development and Marketing, George DeMercado told JIS News that the re-introduction of the service to St. Lucia was a major achievement for the national airline, which suspended its services last year during a restructuring exercise.
Chairman of Air Jamaica, O.K. Melhado, said that both countries would benefit from this partnership.
“The truth is, we are one Caribbean and I think the more we work together and the more we support each other, the better we are going to be,” he told JIS News. Clinton Octave, President of St. Lucia United Association, one of that island’s charitable organizations in the tri-state area, said the weekly service was not only a huge boost to the tourism sector on the island, but was also convenient for St. Lucians living in the Diaspora.
“Everyone I speak to is happy that Air Jamaica is back … and they will certainly take full advantage of the opportunities of going to back to St. Lucia on Air Jamaica, for business and pleasure, with the new non-stop service,” said Mr. Octave. Air Jamaica offers non-stop service from New York’s JFK International Airport to St. Lucia on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, departing New York at 7:00 a.m. and arriving in St. Lucia at 12:35 p.m. On the return leg, the airline departs St. Lucia at 6:35 p.m. and arrives in New York at 10:15 p.m.
Air Jamaica provides more non-stop flights to Jamaica than any other carrier with more than 270 flights per week from Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York (JFK), Orlando, and Philadelphia in the US; from Toronto in Canada, and from London to Montego Bay and Kingston.
The airline also offers intra-regional service with flights from Jamaica to The Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, Cuba, Cura