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Delta expands flights to Jamaica for holiday season

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2017 | 1:00 AMNeville Graham
Delta aircraft

Unites States airline Delta is laying on more seats for Jamaica's high tourist season in anticipation of heavy traffic during the period December 17 to January 7, 2017. The company announced the expanded of its Caribbean service for the peak holiday season last week.

Delta now serves 26 destinations in the wider Caribbean region and includes a 15 per cent increase in seat capacity.

For Jamaica, it serves the Atlanta to Montego Bay and New York's John F. Kennedy to Montego Bay routes.

Paula Fiszman of Delta's public relations department said that with the addition in the frequency of service on the Atlanta to Montego Bay route, the airline's capacity on that route is up 25 per cent for the holiday period. On this route, "Delta increased service from four to five daily flights," said Fiszman in response to Sunday Business queries.

For the New York John F. Kennedy to Montego Bay route, Delta increased its service from seven to 10 daily flights and this means that capacity will go up 40 per cent, according to Fiszman.

GROWING CAPACITY

"We are constantly reworking our capacity to best respond to our customers' travel needs," said Jose Pepe Zapata, Delta's general manager for Central America and the Caribbean.

"But it's not just about offering more seats," he said. "Our customers expect punctual flights to and from their destinations and a worry-free travel experience from the very beginning of their journey. That's why we strive to offer industry-leading reliability and better service during every stage of travel," Zapata added.

Information coming out of the Ministry of Tourism is that Jamaica will experience record stopover arrivals for the period December 22 to 28. Combined stopover ands cruise visitor arrivals for January to November 2016 are up 5.6 per cent over the similar period for 2015.

With the increased airlift from Delta the company is reporting that it will be bringing in about 27,000 visitors over the December 17 to January 7, 2017 period. Fiszman says this is in a bid to meet the needs of customers.

"The airline is offering over 9,000 weekly seats between the US and Jamaica. Delta's expanded seats offering meets high US traveller demand to Jamaican destinations," she said.

neville.graham@gleanerjm.com