Rose Marie Harris
Friday, December 23, 2005 – Saint Lucia is to benefit from a new stop
service from New York . The non-stop Lovebird A320 service commencing February
23rd, 2006 will depart from New York’s JFK International Airport .
The JM092 will operate non-stop on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, departing New
York at 7:00 am and arriving Saint Lucia at 12:35 pm. On the return leg, JM093
will depart St. Lucia at 6:35pm and arrive in New York at 10:15pm.
For some time, the Government of Saint Lucia through the St. Lucia Tourist Board
and Air Jamaica have had discussions on the introduction of non-stop flights
between New York and St. Lucia in light of the increase in the construction of
new hotel rooms and the need for additional direct airlift to the island.
“This will be the first non-stop service from New York to St. Lucia and Air
Jamaica is proud to give the Caribbean another first. We look forward to once
again offering our Lovebird hospitality to the island and people of St. Lucia
and are confident Air Jamaica’s return will boost tourist and other traffic to
the island,” said Chairman of Air Jamaica, O.K. Melhado.
Mr. Melhado reiterated the strong commitment to growing the Lovebird brand
within the Caribbean and said Air Jamaica will continue to exploit every
Saint Lucia's Tourism Minister Honourable Phillip J. Pierre explained that “the
Government of Saint Lucia is pleased that the partnership with Air Jamaica will
continue and anticipates that Saint Lucia’s tourism industry will benefit from
the return of Air Jamaica.“
Chairman of the St. Lucia Tourist Board Mr. Costella Michel describes the new
service as an important gateway. “New York has always been an important gateway
for Saint Lucia. The St. Lucia Tourist Board looks forward to working with Air
Jamaica on joint promotional activity in order to ensure the success of this
direct service to Saint Lucia.”