New airline expands Bahamas-Jamaica service

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New airline expands Bahamas-Jamaica service

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New airline expands Bahamas-Jamaica service
Wednesday June 9, 2010

Western Air, which made its inaugural flight to Jamaica two months ago, has now added Montego Bay to its destinations and is slated to fly into the Sangster International Airport there every day starting on Friday.

The Bahamas-based service started daily flights from Nassau to Kingston after Air Jamaica, now owned by Trinidad's Caribbean Airlines, suspended the route.

Western Air said it is extending an introductory price of US$320 round-trip plus taxes for the daily Montego Bay flights.

Along with the additional route, Western Air has also signed what it described in a statement as a multi-million-dollar purchase agreement to acquire three additional aircraft.

Company chief executive officer, Martin Rolle said Tuesday that the new SAAB 340 B model aircraft, are "better suited for the new Jamaica routes in particular, as a result of their ability to carry a thousand more pounds, higher cruising speed and overall better performance."

Later model saab

The SAAB 340 B, he said, is an advancement and later model of the SAAB 340 A that the company currently operates on its Kingston route. Delivery of the new aircraft is expected between 60 and 90 days.

The size of the investment for this route was not disclosed, but Western Air was said to have pumped about US$108,000 (J$9.5 million) into the Kingston service.

According to Rolle, the company has also invested US$4 million in constructing a new terminal and maintenance facility at the Grand Bahama International Airport with the opening scheduled for the end of summer this year.

Upon completion, the facility will serve as the airline's northern hub and will facilitate the launch of Western Air's expansion into the Jamaica, South Florida and Northern Bahamas market.

Ticketing agents for Western Air are listed as Jamaica Dispatch Services at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and major travel agencies in Jamaica and The Bahamas.

Flights from Nassau to Montego Bay are slated to depart Nassau at 9:30 a.m., with scheduled arrival into Montego Bay
at 10:30 a.m. The airline's flights will be departing Montego Bay at 11:30 a.m., with scheduled arrival into Nassau at 2:30 p.m.

Passengers travelling to and from Jamaica may connect to other destinations in The Bahamas, the statement said. Western Air also flies from Nassau daily to major Bahamian destinations, such as, Freeport, Marsh Harbour, Exuma, Congo Town, San Andros and Bimini.

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