Jamaica announces nonstop flight of Latam Airlines from Lima to Montego Bay
The Director of Tourism of Jamaica, Donovan White, said: "This service will open new doors for connectivity to South America: we are confident in its success and its future expansion to offer daily flights"
Jamaica and LATAM Airlines celebrated an important milestone this week with the arrival of the airline's first nonstop flight from Lima, Peru, to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The flight debuted on December 2, beginning with a brief farewell reception at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima with some comments from the Minister of Tourism of Jamaica, Hon. Edmund Bartlett.
The incorporation of this new air route joins Minister Bartlett's conversations with the Government of Peru to collaborate in areas such as destination marketing, gastronomy, sports and tourism resilience. During a meeting in Lima with Peruvian officials and senior representatives of LATAM Airlines before the flight left, Minister Bartlett said that "South Americans who want to come to us no longer have to worry about visas; we have a visa-free regime that it operates with most countries in South America, including Peru. This is a good offer and the timing is perfect. "
Upon arrival in Montego Bay, the 174 passengers were met with Jamaican flags, beaded necklaces and a performance by the Children of the Drums band during the landing. The arrival was followed by a press conference with words of the Honorable Councilor Homer Davis, Mayor of Montego Bay; His Excellency Francisco Javier Bernales, Ambassador of Chile; Susana Paola Byles, Honorary Consul of Peru; His Excellency Carlos Alberto M. Den Hartog, Ambassador of Brazil; His Excellency Luis de Solar, Ambassador of Argentina; Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism of Jamaica; Paola Penarete, Vice President of LATAM Airlines Group for North America, the Caribbean and Asia, and Donovan White, Tourism Director of Jamaica.
"We are very grateful to our ambassadors and the LATAM Airlines team for their deep collaboration and years of dedication to bring this project to fruition," said Jamaica Tourism Director Donovan White. "This service will open new doors for connectivity to South America: we rely on its success and its future expansion to offer daily flights."
LATAM Airlines uses an Airbus 320 aircraft and will operate three times a week: Monday, Thursday and Sunday, leaving Lima at 12:15 p.m. and arriving at Montego Bay at 17:07 p.m. The return flight, LATAM Airlines 2465 will depart from Montego Bay at 6:00 p.m. and arrive in Lima at 22:45 p.m.
This service will increase to 14, the flights connecting South America and Jamaica, with COPA Airlines that currently operates 11 weekly flights between Panama and Jamaica. LATAM Airlines expects more than 44,000 passengers to be transported between the two countries each year.