Jamaica secures more German airlift
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday March 14, 2011 – A major deal has been sealed with Germany’s Condor Air to get more seats for people to fly into Jamaica and boost tourist arrivals from that European country.
The agreement was stuck after discussions between officials from the Ministry of Tourism and key tourism interests at the International Tourism Exchange, the world’s biggest tourism trade fair which took place in Berlin.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett and Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board and Director of Tourism John Lynch held negotiation talks with Condor’s Head of Planning and International Relations Herwig Obeshuber and Head of Marketing and Communications Brigit Claus, with a view to increasing the number of flights from Frankfurt to Montego Bay, Jamaica.
“Securing an additional flight out of Germany is a significant achievement and is in keeping with our thrust to enhance air connectivity from our key markets to Jamaica as we seek to boost our arrival figures and increase our tourism earnings,” Bartlett said.
Lynch said tourism officials had been working for a considerable amount of time to grow the market in Germany but the biggest obstacle was inadequate seats.
“This additional flight will go a significant way to solving our volume issue and perhaps more importantly increasing the volume of tourist coming out of Germany and continental Europe by a third,” he said.
The deal will bring the number of non- stop flights out of Germany to two planes each week and three flights in total.
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