|New Jamaican airline to launch|
|Friday, 23 March 2012 11:27|
Jamaicans can once again see their pride flying high in the skies with a new Jamaican airline. The new airline, Fly Jamaica Airways, will serve routes between Kingston, Jamaica, JFK airport-New York, Georgetown, Guyana, and Toronto, Canada. These routes are considered three of the largest from Jamaica outside of Florida's gateways. The new airline should be ready to take flight by the end of April this year.
Though the company and its directors are Jamaican-based, Fly Jamaica Airways has investors from the United States and its principal is Guyanese.
With the recent layoff of employees from Caribbean Airlines in Jamaica, the launching of a new airline may fill in the gap made in the island. According to a source from the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), who wished to remain anonymous, this new airline should not affect Caribbean Airlines, but instead provide healthy competition in the industry.
"Competition is always healthy and there are enough passengers to fly both airlines on all the routes that Fly Jamaica Airways will be servicing," says the JCAA source.
National airline Air Jamaica suffered a financial decline for years until its eventual demise in 2011, when the airline was sold to Trinidadian-based Caribbean Airlines.
Addressing concerns that Fly Jamaica Airways may share the same fate, the JCAA source argues that "Fly Jamaica Airways is a private entity which has to be as efficient as possible. It has to keep costs down and maintain reliability to build credibility and the confidence of its passengers."