Monday 19 August, 2019

VIDEO: Jamaica welcomes 'ultra low-cost' airline Swoop

Tourism Minister shakes hands with a visitor who was among the passengers on Swoop's inaugural flight to Jamaica at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. He is joined by Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis;Swwop's communication executive Karen McIsaac and Tourism Director Donovan White.

Tourism Minister shakes hands with a visitor who was among the passengers on Swoop's inaugural flight to Jamaica at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. He is joined by Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis;Swwop's communication executive Karen McIsaac and Tourism Director Donovan White.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett on Sunday welcomed new Canadian ultra low-cost carrier Swoop to the Jamaican market.

Minister Bartlett, while welcoming visitors who were passengers on the inaugural Swoop flight to Jamaica at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, said the ministry was excited about the development, as it would bring more visitors to the island. 

“This will (facilitate) more persons to access the destination, and it will allow for the Airbnb demographic to access in a stronger way, so we’re very excited about the prospect of bringing more visitors to Jamaica,” Bartlett said. 

Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Laurie Peters also praised the development, saying it reflected the long and close ties between the two countries. 

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“Like Jamaica, Canada is delighted to welcome Swoop Airlines into the Canadian family. Canada has been a long and strong tourism and aviation partner, and I’d like to think it's not just our long dark cold winters that bring many Canadians to the shores of Jamaica,” he said.

Canada is now Jamaica’s second-largest source market for visitors, with over 400,000 visiting annually, Bartlett said, adding that he anticipated the country reaching over 500,000 visitors annually by 2021. 

Senior Advisor of Communications for Swoop, Karen McIsaac said the flight demonstrated the potential of the ultra low-cost model. 

"Well, first of all, we’re thrilled that our flight came in sold out today, and it's just a testament that Canadians and Jamaicans alike are interested in and are adoptive of the low-cost model,” she said.

Swoop, a member of the WestJet Group, will operate twice-weekly flights between Hamilton, Ontario and Montego Bay, St James.

 

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