No need to worry over Air Jamaica
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I have been reading with interest the various comments re the purchase or take over of Air Jamaica, a move which I prefer to call a merger, as I understand the Jamaican Government is likely to take a minority position in Caribbean Airlines (CAL).
I think your readers should know that when CAL takes over Air Jamaica it will become de facto the new 'national' carrier for Jamaica. As such, it would be foolish to think that CAL would not be servicing Jamaica to the best of its ability. In point of fact, the routes to Jamaica could easily be developed to be CAL's most profitable. Therefore, it would be foolhardy for the airline's management not to look after Jamaica's interest besides, which, as a minority partner, there will be dialogue between Jamaica and CAL.
With all the emotionalism being expressed, your readers should know that CAL's predecessor, BWIA was the midwife at the birth of Air Jamaica with BWIA's then general manager, the late Walter Girling, being the point man. The readers should also know that at its birth, Air Jamaica's first set of staff, with the exception of its cabin crew and some of its pilots, were all
In terms of tourism, it was BWIA that played the lead role in developing Jamaica's tourist industry by working closely with the Jamaica Tourist Board in advertising Jamaica
The prophets of gloom and doom should know that way back when, Jamaica was almost like a hub for BWIA. Certainly, with their new expanded routes through Jamaica, there is no reason for it not to be an important base for CAL, with all its attendant staff needs
It should also be remembered, that after the second world war BWIA was the only inter-Caribbean link, and despite it being a small airline with all its attendant problems, it did a magnificent job of
I am, etc.,