There have been reports that Air Jamaica, which recently lost the financial backing of Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart’s Air Jamaica Acquisition Group (AJAG) and fell into control of the Jamaican government, has had to ground ‘up to’ a dozen of its daily flights to North America. It is understood that there are concerns over maintenance issues and Jamaica’s approach to civil aviation procedures.According to the Jamaica Observer booking agents claimed that cancellations owed to a lack of passenger demand.
Flights to New York, London and LA were cancelled last Sunday. Cities in the state of Florida including Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando also lost at least seven scheduled flights.
The plight has been exaggerated by the decision to make in excess of 100 flight attendants redundant causing a shortage of staff. This has in turn affected schedules.
Despite requests no comment has been made by Air Jamaica representatives in the UK.