KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica is predicting a significant increase in scheduled air capacity from the United States market this September through December with approximately 140,000 additional inbound seats available across carriers.
Tourism officials say this figure represents a 19 per cent growth over the same period last year and an 18 per cent growth over 2019.
“This added capacity is a testament to the appeal of the island’s tourism product as well as the excellent relationships we enjoy with our US airline partners,” said Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett.
“They clearly have confidence that we can fill these seats as we are now surpassing 2019 stopover arrivals and on track for a full recovery in those annual figures for 2023,” he added.
Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Donnovan White, says “as we return tourism arrivals to growth, new routes, larger planes and more available seats from our valued airline partners are critical to achieving that goal.
“We are very grateful to all carriers that have increased service to Jamaica and look forward to continuing to work together throughout the years.”
For the summer travel season, the US market accounts for 1.2 million of the 1.4 million airline seats that were secured for the period, representing a 16 per cent increase over the island’s previous best year, recorded in 2019.
The US remains Jamaica’s top source market for visitors, representing approximately 75 per cent of the island’s total arrivals.