Air Jam resumes NY, St Lucia flights

Air Jamaica has resumed direct flights between New York and St. Lucia, after a one-year suspension. The three flights a week should boost arrivals from North America, St. Lucia’s biggest tourism market, Tourism Minister Philip Pierre said after arriving on the inaugural flight.

If demand proves high enough, the company would consider offering daily flights between New York and the Caribbean island, said Mike Conway, Air Jamaica president.

Air Jamaica offers more than 350 direct flights a week from U.S. and Canadian cities to destinations in the Caribbean.

Air Jamaica had suspended service last year to Barbados, Grenada and St. Lucia, in a bid to recover from losses due to higher fuel costs and a drop in passengers after the Sept. 11 attacks.