A year and a half after Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett led a delegation of tourism officials into a meeting with senior executives of LATAM Airlines Group at their headquarters in Santiago, Chile; Jamaica yesterday welcomed the arrival of the first of three weekly scheduled nonstop flights by the airline between their major hub in Lima, Peru and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
A full LATAM flight number 2464 departed Lima, Peru yesterday at 12:16PM and arrived at the Sangster International Airport just before 5:00PM. A welcome party – including Jamaica’s Tourism Minister and stakeholders along with diplomatic officials from Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru – was on hand to receive the 174 passengers.
Most of the passengers were from Argentina, Chile, Brazil and other South American countries.
“The addition of the Montego Bay-Lima route is part of our commitment to offer more leisure travel options to our passengers. Montego Bay will be our fifth destination in the Caribbean.”– Former LATAM vice-president, Pablo Chiozza,
In April last year, Bartlett and several tourism officials – including Director of Tourism, Donovan White; senior advisor/strategist, Delano Seiveright; and deputy director of tourism, Sales/USA and Latin America, Donnie Dawson – visited Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Colombia. They met with the leadership of Latin America’s largest airlines, tour operators, travel media, government officials, travel agents, and investors, among other stakeholders, as part of efforts to not only boost, but to diversify Jamaica’s tourism source markets as well. Jamaica currently gets the bulk of its visitors from the United States, followed by Canada, then the United Kingdom.
Pablo Chiozza, former LATAM vice-president, noted that “the addition of the Montego Bay-Lima route is part of our commitment to offer more leisure travel options to our passengers. Montego Bay will be our fifth destination in the Caribbean.”
LATAM Airlines Group is Latin America’s largest airline group, operating more than 1,200 flights per day, and transports 67 million passengers per year. It has one of the largest route networks in the world, offering air services to around 140 destinations in 25 countries, with a significant presence in six domestic markets in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.