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New direct flight between Ireland, Jamaica for summer

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 6:37 PM

Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill has announced that a new direct flight from Ireland to Jamaica is to be added for Summer 2016, as the country tries to grow the numbers of European visitors to the island.

The flights are to be added through Falcon Holidays and Thomson Holidays, members of the TUI Group.

Thomson is expected to begin service to Jamaica in June 2016 and will run six flights weekly with holiday packages running for two weeks. It is expected to add an additional 12,222 room nights.

McNeill also announced that starting November 29, Ving, a subsidiary of Thomas Cook Nordic, will operate a new service from Gothenburg, Sweden via Oslo, Norway to Montego Bay. The fortnightly service is expected to bring close to 3000 visitors to the country who will stay for 14 nights or a cumulative 20,349 room nights.

He adds that commencing mid-December the fortnightly service, which TUI Sweden operated from Stockholm to Montego Bay last winter, will be doubled to weekly flights for the 2015/ 2016 winter tourist season. He says this will increase the number of visitors from from Stockholm, Cophenhagen and Helsinki from 5,510 last winter to 8,671 this year. They are expected to vacation for two weeks, resulting in an extra 22,127 room nights.

The minister says Thomson UK has also added a sixth weekly flight from the United Kingdom that will bring more than 15,000 additional visitors to Jamaica for a total of 90,000 room nights.