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JA and US sign amended air services agreement on cargo trade

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 2:05 PMPaul Clarke
(right) Transport and Mining Minister, Robert Montague and Eric Khant, Chargé d'Affaires at the US Embassy - Norman Grindley photo

The Jamaica and United States governments today signed an amended Air Services Agreement to facilitate increased cargo trade.

“Our aviation partnership with Jamaica has always been robust and mutually beneficial, so [we] will be augmenting that by agreeing to allow all cargo airlines from our respective countries to continue to third country destinations without having to return home first,” explained Eric Khant, Chargé d'Affaires at the US Embassy.

The amended agreement was signed by Khant and Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague this morning at the ministry’s Maxfield Avenue offices in St Andrew.

Montague said that the move represents the opening of possibilities for further partnerships between Jamaica and the United States.

“We all know that smoothly functioning transportation corridors – by land, water or air – are vital to the Jamaican economy and as an island state and a tourist destination we must continuously seek ways to improve on inefficiencies and opportunities,” said Montague.

He noted that Jamaica’s desire to strengthen bilateral relationships between the United States and the island is the basis for the amended agreement, noting that it arose from negotiations at the 2017 International Conference on Air Services Negotiation (ICAN) held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

“So today we are formally enforcing this amended Air Services Agreement with the United States to expand all-cargo international air transport opportunities between our two countries which will facilitate increased and more efficient commerce and trade,” Montague stated.

For his part, Khant reiterated the strong historical links between Kingston and Washington.

He stated that US's partnerships with Jamaica have always been beneficial and that the amended agreement serves to keep that robust relationship strong and lasting.

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