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DIASPORA | Airlines may resume flights to Jamaica in June

  • Written by Calvin G Brown - wiredja.com
  • Published in Diaspora
Featured Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Markes. Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Markes.
MONTEGO BAY, May 28, 2020- Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Markes, says discussions are now underway with the various airlines for regular commercial flights to resume in June for returning Jamaicans.

In a post on her Facebook page this morning, Jamaica’s top diplomat to Washington advised: “So if you have a valid ticket to travel to Jamaica in June, we advise you to keep that booking.

If you do not yet have a ticket, you may await the flight schedules so you can pick a convenient travel date accordingly,” Markes said.

The Jamaican ambassador pointed out that: “Concurrently we are using every opportunity to secure flights for persons with the most urgent situations to return home. As such we have secured a chartered flight which will leave Florida later this week. As previously communicated, this is a controlled re-entry process.”

She advised that “persons traveling on this charter must accept the terms of mandatory state quarantine. We will be in touch with you by email to provide information to book your flight and complete the JAMCOVID Travel Authorization process.”

She said for persons planning to travel from Atlanta Georgia (ATL), John F. Kennedy in New York, (JFK) or from Baltimore Washington International (BWI), and persons preferring home quarantine, these protocols are now being finalized.

Earlier this week, in a bid to put pressure on the government to speed up the opening of its economy, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association demanded from government a clear indication, regarding the reopening of the country’s borders.

The JHTA also wanted a time line on the resumption of both local and international tourism, as other Caribbean countries have already made known when they intend to reopen air and seaports. The Virgin Islands has announced that they will open their tourism on June 1, with a number of health measures in place.

“In the spirit of partnership, we say to the government, it is now time for our entire country to get back to work in a responsible manner. Even after Jamaica announces its borders reopened, we, in the tourism sector, still have a massive amount of work to do to rebuild travel trade agreements and relationships; so the time is now, to allow us to get out there and do the job our sector is designed to do for the country,” the JHTA insisted.

  • Countries: Jamaica