Continuing to expand gateways and ease of access to the island for US travelers, Jamaica welcomed new air service from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (ATL) starting November 1 and Orlando International Airport (MCO) starting November 2 by its newest airline partner, Frontier Airlines. In keeping with Jamaica’s warm island culture, both inaugural flights were celebrated with traditional festivities upon departure from the airports and arrival into Jamaica.
“We are thrilled to begin partnership with Frontier Airlines through these new flights to Jamaica from two key gateways in the Southeastern U.S.,” said Director of Tourism, Jamaica, Donovan White. “The launch of these new non-stop flights, at a time when international travel from our key source markets is rebounding, is a strong vote of confidence by the carrier for the strength of Jamaica’s tourism product.”
Francine Carter Henry, Tour Operator and Airlines Manager, Jamaica Tourist Board, added, “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome these flights from Frontier. Jamaica’s tourism product is diverse with something to appeal to everyone, and our newest airline partner is a reflection of and enhancement to that diversity.”
“We’re delighted to expand in Montego Bay with new nonstop service from both Atlanta and Orlando,” said Stephen Howell, Sr. Director of Inflight Experience, Frontier Airlines. “We look forward to welcoming new travelers to Montego Bay for an unforgettable vacation experience. Moreover, we’re proud to offer Jamaicans another affordable air service option with access to connections to various popular destinations across Frontier’s expansive route network.”
At each ceremony, representatives from Jamaica, Frontier Airlines and the respective airports gathered at the gates to welcome media attendees and passengers traveling to Jamaica on the new flights, including dozens of travel agents being hosted for fam trips by the Jamaica Tourist Board. In addition to the traditional ribbon-cutting, everyone was treated to the distinctively charming sounds of live steel pan music and the playful antics of Frontier Airlines’ official brand ambassador for the Airbus 320, Grizwald the Grizzly Bear. Upon boarding, each passenger was handed two gift bags, one from Jamaica and one from Frontier Airlines, with branded items as a token by which to remember the inaugural flight fun.
Upon landing in Jamaica, Montego Bay Jamaica (MBJ) Airport’s Emergency Response Service firefighting unit greeted the arriving inaugural flights with a high-spraying water salute on the runway. A Jamaican flag was flown
from the cockpit of each plane, and disembarking passengers were greeted by officials from the Jamaican Tourist Board, Ministry of Tourism and Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association while a live musical performance by Music & Love Band provided a delightful backdrop. In keeping with tradition, gifts were presented to the pilots and crews of the flights in appreciation of their service during welcome receptions to close out the festivities.
Frontier Airlines’ non-stop flights to Montego Bay (MBJ) have now begun operating three times weekly Mon/Wed/Fri from Atlanta (ATL) departing at 6:50AM and arriving into MBJ at 8:39AM and three times weekly Sun/Tue/Thu from Orlando (MCO) departing at 1:10PM and arriving into MBJ at 2:25PM. Flight schedules are subject to change without notice, so travelers are encouraged to check FlyFrontier.com for the most updated schedule.
For more information on Jamaica, please visit www.visitjamaica.com.
About The Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city
of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Tokyo and Paris.
Last year, the JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for the 13th consecutive year and Jamaica was named the Caribbean’s Leading Destination for the 15th consecutive year as well as the Caribbean’s Best Spa Destination and the Caribbean’s Best MICE Destination. As well, Jamaica copped the WTA’s World’s Leading Wedding Destination, the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, and the World’s Leading Family Destination. Additionally, Jamaica was awarded three gold 2020 Travvy Awards for Best Culinary Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas. The Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the 2020 Destination of the Year for Sustainable Tourism. In 2019, TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that continue to receive prominent global recognition.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Website at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.