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Montego Bay, Jamaica Sets Pandemic Tourism Record

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - December 15, 2021

Jamaica’s tourism hub of Montego Bay has set a new record for tourism arrivals in a single day since the onset of the pandemic. 

Last Saturday, the island welcomed 7,000 passengers to Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport, the most in a single day arriving to the destination since the reopening of the country’s borders in June 2020. 

That included a total of 52 flights from commercial, charter and private aircraft. 

Airlines arriving to Montego Bay included American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit, and Sun Country from the U.S. as well as Air Canada, Air Transat, West Jet, Sunwing, Swoop and West Jet from Canada.

“Receiving such a large number of air passengers into our largest airport in just one day is a clear indication that demand for Jamaica’s tourism product remains strong,” said Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. “As predicted based on feedback from several of our key international tourism partners, we are progressing well on our path to recovery and expect to welcome approximately 1.5 million visitors this year. This is largely due to the success of our comprehensive JAMAICA CARES program that ensures travelers feel safe and confident in choosing our island for their visits.”

The news comes as Jamaica continues to see continued airlift growth, including a major up-gauging on American Airlines’ routes to the country. 

For more on how to travel to Jamaica, see here. 

— CJ

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