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Russian airline suspends service to Montego Bay

Published:Friday | March 21, 2014 | 12:30 PM

The ongoing political conflicts in Russia are set to impact air travel to Jamaica.



The Ministry of Tourism says Russian airline, Transaero Airlines, has announced that it will be suspending service between Moscow and Montego Bay for the summer.



The Ministry says the suspension will take effect on March 28.



The airline began service to Jamaica in the winter of 2012/2013.



And the tourism ministry says the airline has indicated that the dramatic currency fluctuations in Russia have also impacted its operations.



It points out that a year ago, the Russian ruble’s rate of exchange with the US dollar was 30 to 1; but has now grown to 50 to 1.



The tourism ministry says Transaero Airlines has indicated that there could be a resumption of service to Jamaica in November.



It says in the interim, the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Regional Director in Europe has been dispatched to Moscow to keep in touch with the market and to protect gains which have been made.



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