Jamaica will soon welcome it second-largest source market, Canada. Fifty non-stop flights per week will commence on Nov. 1. Americans are Jamaica’s best market.
The flights will be operated by Air Canada, Westjet, Sunwing, Swoop and Transat with direct services from the Canadian cities of Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Halifax, Edmonton, St John, Ottawa, and Moncton.
This latest development is a result of a series of meetings by Jamaica's Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett and his marketing team.
Bartlett noted that the Canadian market currently has “forward bookings hovering around 65 percent of 2019 levels and airlift for the winter season at around 82 percent of 2019 levels with around 260,000 seats locked in.”
Excited about the prospects, he spoke about the impact that COVID-19 had on Canada, disproportionately impacting the country, resulting in travel restrictions which for several months shut down international travel.
Now with more than 80 per cent of eligible Canadians over the age of 12 fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and a relative easing of international travel restrictions, Bartlett said that interests were cautiously optimistic.