Sunwing Airlines commences Montego Bay operations
MONTEGO BAY, St James:
The inaugural flight from St John's International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada by Sunwing Airlines arrived at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay to enthusiastic applause from those who witnessed the milestone event.
When the airline arrived at approximately 2:45 p.m. last Sunday, the aircraft was given the ceremonial water baptism - water sprayed on to the airplane by a water truck.
The Sunwing flight had 174 passengers on-board in addition to the crew.
A total of seven flights will be made between the two cities this season, which could bring an estimated 1,200 passengers to the island.
With the Grass Root Mento Band belting out some music, the first passenger - Jason Brewer - disembarked and was greeted by Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) personnel, which included the deputy director of tourism with responsibility for marketing, Sandra Scott; Margaret Jones, visitor relations manager; Rosemarie Johnson, western regional director; and Montego Bay area chairman of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, Omar Robinson.
Each passenger was also given a beaded necklace from the JTB. Captain of the flight, Ondrej Kovar, who was also visiting Montego Bay for the first time, was presented with a book on Jamaica by Sandra Scott.