New Jamaica airline takes to the skies

Fly Jamaica Airways left Kingston today for New York on its inaugural flight.

KINGSTON — Director of Tourism, John Lynch, was among the over 100 passengers including Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority personnel who boarded the inaugural Fly Jamaica Airways aircraft earlier this morning en route to the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

It was smooth sailing from check-in to departure for the scheduled 6:15 a.m. flight that got off the gate at 6:41 a.m.

There was a small ribbon cutting ceremony and all waiting passengers also including Corporate Communications Manager of LIME, Elon Parkinson started boarding the aircraft at 5:57 a.m. All passengers were on board by 6:04 a.m. and the doors to the aircraft were closed at 6:20 a.m.

The return flight is scheduled to depart JFK at 11:40 a.m. for a 3:40 p.m. arrival at the Norman Manley International airport.

Over 180 passengers are scheduled to make the return flight. A welcome reception will be held upon their arrival.

According to Chief Operating Officer, Captain Lloyd Tai, since the announcement that the flight would officially take off today, there was increased traffic on their website and persons began booking their trip immediately. (Gleaner)

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