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‘Irie Flight!’ InterCaribbean Expands Service To Jamaica

InterCaribbean Airways has broadened its services to facilitate optimal regional travel with its inaugural flight from Barbados to Jamaica as the corporate celebrated its thirty second anniversary of operations.

It was a ‘momentous occasion’ and an exquisite experience as regional media personnel mingled with airline officials, staffers, and other major stakeholders within the industry—for what was termed the ‘Irie Flight’ in commemoration of the birthday of musical legend Bob Marley.

From the hearty welcome prolonged on the Norman Manley International Airport in Jamaica and continuing through the two-day promotional flight schedule –InterCaribbean Airways set out to go away an ineligible imprint on inter-regional travel.

The regional airline goals to increase its network to numerous regional destinations.

Its schedule includes roughly 60 to 80 flights every day and accommodates over 20,000 passengers per day.

“Direct non-stop routes are all the time popular with travelers and can extend the outreach with this new route,” said Fernando Vistrain, CEO of PAC Kingston Airport Ltd., on the media launch on Tuesday in Kingston.

“There are such a lot of reasons that folks travel within the region, be it for work, for college, for cricket, carnival and other events to see family and friends,” he added.

Vistrain is optimistic that this new enterprise will provide “greater opportunity for Jamaica and the broader Caribbean …and make regional travel that much easier.”

He said the extra routes will enhance economic activity for Kingston as a well-liked travel hub, because the airport is about to undergo major upgrades.

Speaking on behalf of the Airport Authority of Jamaica, Richard Gibbs noted: “Today, marks a big milestone…of direct air service to those two islands, bringing our Caribbean family closer together”.

“As InterCaribbean Airways begins its direct services to Jamaica, we’re confident that our travelers …will experience the nice and cozy hospitality and wealthy cultural heritage that our island is renowned for,” he said.

“This inaugural flight isn’t only a journey across the Caribbean; it’s a bridge connecting people, cultures, and economies, symbolizing our shared vision for a more connected Caribbean where the wonder, diversity, and synergy throughout our region might be more easily explored and appreciated by all,” Gibbs declared.

He said InterCaribbean Airways will offer travelers new routes, underscoring the carrier’s commitment to enhancing regional connectivity and offering passengers more travel options and convenience.

Notably, this latest enterprise is seen as critical for tertiary students traveling from Barbados to Jamaica, a few of whom were a part of the group on the inaugural flight.

Dr. Jeanese Badenock, Dean of the Faculty of Science, UWI Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, described the enterprise as a “historic landmark” that underscores “the importance of regional connectivity and collaboration”.

She noted that the “new route holds special significance for the university” because it connects students across the 2 campuses.

“It is going to provide each students and staff with a direct access pathway much-needed to really realise the goal of true Caribbean integration,” said Dr. Badenock.

“The University of the West Indies stays committed to advancing education, fostering innovation and driving sustainable development throughout the Caribbean,” she added.

“Through our partnership with InterCaribbean Airways we’re dedicated to enhancing regional connectivity, supporting the Caribbean Aviation sector, fostering academic collaboration, development of the workforce …and thought leadership,” Dr. Badenock said.

The UWI dean added, “May this inaugural flight stand as an emblem of hope, progress, and prosperity, and will it encourage us to dream larger, aim higher, and reach new heights.”

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., Director for the Caribbean Graham Clarke described the occasion as a “historic landmark being created by InterCaribbean”.

He said the occasion marks “a big development, not only for Jamaica and Barbados…but for enhancing regional travel within the Caribbean”.

“Their commitment to expanding their network underscores their understanding of the necessity of Caribbean travelers,” said Clarke.

Within the context of connectivity, he added, “This route offers new options to travelers …and increasing our connectivity encourages tourism growth with an exchange that promotes economic growth for our respective islands and ultimately for the entire Caribbean.”

Regarding the fee factor, Clarke stated, “This direct, convenient connection eliminates the necessity for stay-overs, saving time, hassle …and money for passengers”.

“More flights will mean greater flexibility …and this route will even help with facilitating and promoting cultural understanding and collaboration amongst us as Caribbean people,” he added.

He said it was “a new era in Caribbean travel” and that this avenue provides added opportunities for the Caribbean traveler and “fosters new connections as a Caribbean people.”

Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Barlett in his speech read by Odette Dyer, Regional Director, Jamaica Tourist Board, noted, “Today is a real testament of the arrogance our airline partners have within the destination, and we take that confidence seriously. This flight is evidence of the ability of connectivity and the idea that, through collaboration, we will achieve greater heights.

In response to the accolades, founder and chairman of Inter Caribbean Airways and visionary entrepreneur Lyndon Gardiner said it was a “special occasion to have fun this inaugural non-stop service”.

He said, the corporate was thrilled to open up the gateway between “two of the Caribbean’s most vibrant cultures”.

Gardiner stated that the enterprise would “significantly enhance the connectivity between our islands and brings our people closer together.”

He said the airline’s goal has all the time been “to advance regional travel”, and “this new non-stop flight is a testament to the mission providing unmatched convenience and luxury between Barbados and Jamaica.”

Added Gardiner: “This new service will even have an incredible economic impact, boosting trade, tourism, and job creation …to extend flow of our people, goods and services between Jamaica and Barbados and the southern Caribbean islands.”

He asserted, “The skies are open to new business and opportunity …and we’re committed to forging more of this amongst groups to bring the Caribbean closer together”.

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