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Saudia Airlines Planning New Caribbean Expansion by Summer 2022

Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, (right) and Captain Ibrahim Koshy, CEO of Saudia Airlines, shake hands to seal the deal. Looking on is Senator the Hon. Aubyn Hill, Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. The occasion was a meeting to discuss plans for Saudia Airlines to expand flights to Jamaica by summer 2022. Ministers Bartlett and Hill were in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to explore investment opportunities and boost tourism travel to Jamaica.
Written by Linda S. Hohnholz

As Jamaica seeks to accelerate tourism recovery with a focus on non-traditional markets, Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett has announced that plans are in train to boost air connectivity between the Middle East and the Caribbean, with Saudia Airlines set to expand flights to Jamaica by summer 2022.

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  1. Jamaica Tourism is carving out new markets in the Middle East that will give connectivity to Africa, Asia and Asia Minor.
  2. In discussions with Saudia Airlines there is an understanding that the ambition is for engagement by summer 2022.
  3. The broader strategy is to have Jamaica become the hub for connectivity from the Middle East to the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and areas of North America.

This announcement follows Minister Bartlett’s recent travels to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to explore investment opportunities and boost tourism travel to Jamaica.

“The last two weeks have been very eventful for us in trying to carve out the new markets in the Middle East that will give us the connectivity to Africa, Asia and Asia Minor. We have had discussions in Dubai and in Riyadh. The discussions with Saudia Airlines are well advanced and we’ve had an understanding that there is an ambition for engagement by summer of 2022,” said the Tourism Minister.

“The details of that arrangement are being worked out with Saudia and another carrier that will make the possibility for connectivity easier and more seamless in the short run. So we are very excited about seeing the Middle Eastern gateway opening to Jamaica,” he added.

Minister Bartlett noted that the broader strategy is to have Jamaica become the hub for connectivity from the Middle East through to the Caribbean, Central America, South America and areas of North America. This will position Jamaica as being central to air connectivity between the East and West. “We are very confident that we will see results from this in short order as both airlines that we have spoken to have shown a strong appetite for the Caribbean and, more so, Latin America,” he said.

Saudia, formerly known as Saudi Arabian Airlines, is the flag carrier of Saudi Arabia. It is the third largest in the Middle East in terms of revenue, behind Emirates and Qatar Airways. It operates domestic and international flights to over 85 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

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