Friday 22 February, 2019

Knutsford Express officially opens depot at Sangster airport

Anthony Copeland (Executive Director of Knutsford Express Services Limited), Gordon Townsend (Chairman of Knutsford Express Services Limited), Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, T'shura Gibbs (President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Oliver Townsend (CEO and Director of Knutsford Express Services Limited).

Anthony Copeland (Executive Director of Knutsford Express Services Limited), Gordon Townsend (Chairman of Knutsford Express Services Limited), Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, T'shura Gibbs (President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Oliver Townsend (CEO and Director of Knutsford Express Services Limited).

Declaring Jamaica to be on par with the multimodal transportation environment seen in most first world countries, Knutsford Express, on Tuesday officially opened its depot at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay.

Even with the sky overcast and the rain again threatening, a sizable amount of well-wishers and stakeholders, including a delegation from the Ministry of Tourism, were on hand to celebrate Knutsford’s ‘City2City in comfort and style’ –a move many see as critical to improve ease and independence of travel for commuters.

"This is a great day for the Knutsford family,” declared Gordon Townsend, the company’s Chairman. “I can fondly recall when the idea came up 11 years ago about starting a luxury bus service that prides itself on comfort, safety and reliability and to where we are today. It has been a joy to watch the growth of the company; it has been a joy to watch the cross country runs and how well received the Knutsford experience has been overall.”

The sentiments were also expressed by Oliver Townsend, the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Gordon’s son.

“Rain or shine, there was no way we were not going to have the official opening today,” he beamed. “We are pleased that in our 11th year of business that residents, visitors and members of the Diaspora alike continue to appreciate the high standards that our scheduled luxury coach service provides.”

The younger Townsend added that the Knutsford journey has grown beyond “everyone’s wildest expectations”, adding that the best is indeed yet to come.

“We are happy that Jamaicans can park their cars and leave all the driving to us,” he further declared. “We are fortunate to have created a blueprint where our customers can experience and see what traveling in comfort means…where they can experience the same this here in Jamaica that they would experience in any first world destination.”

For his part, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, in noting that “timing is everything”, said he is very happy there is a Knutsford Express when Jamaica’s tourism is now “literally bursting at the seams.”

“Safe, secure and seamless…that is what Knutsford Express represents in relation to our tourism industry,” he explained. “What had started out as an entrepreneurial experiment has now evolved into a huge company with a large number of buses. This is a true success story where the attractiveness of Knutsford is now being appreciated globally.”

Bartlett also noted that the Knutsford story is also a lesson in perseverance and having an unwavering belief in “one’s vision” and also an “insatiable desire” to succeed.”

“I personally know that there were lots of naysayers and detractors when the Knutsford idea first came up,” he pointed out. “The Townsends to their credit were undeterred and stuck to their guns. Today they are reaping the success…Jamaica is reaping the success…from that unwavering determination.”   

The new terminal is the latest development for Knutsford, which, since launching an initial public offering (IPO) on the Jamaica Stock Exchange some four years ago, has not only quadrupled its offering per share, but has been keen on increasing the satisfaction of its commuters.

 

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