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New airline seeks permission to fly

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2013

A new carrier, which calls itself Jamaica Queen Airlines (JQA), aims to become the latest airline to operate international flights but awaits approval from the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Wednesday Business understands.

The airline is currently recruiting core staff, including pilots, engineers and flight attendants, according to its website which also lists Charmaine Russell as its human resource manager.

JQA declined to offer a timeline for the start of operations, saying it depends on regulatory approval.

"JQA will begin its operation upon the issuance of an AOC (air operators certificate) by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority," said the airline, which is to be based at the Norman Manley International Airport.

Queries to the JCCA were unanswered up to press time.

If approved, JQA will join a market that includes Caribbean Airlines, Jamaica Air Shuttle, Fly Jamaica, Tim Air and Sylan Airlines. There are also a number of cargo players including Tara Couriers and fairly new player Exec Direct Aviation which flies internationally.

Fly Jamaica, a collaboration between Guyanese and Jamaica businessmen, is the most recent addition to Jamaican aviation, having secured its air operating certificate in September 2012 from the JCAA. The airline previously received clearance in late December 2011 from authorities in the United States, which also determined that Fly Jamaica was sufficiently capitalised.

Its inaugural flight will leave on January 25 to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

steven.jackson@gleanerjm.com