Air Jamaica to close daily Heathrow route

31st May 2007

Air Jamaica will be ceasing to operate its daily London Heathrow - Jamaica route on October 28 2007.

Passengers presently ticketed on Air Jamaica for travel after October 28 will be accommodated on Virgin Atlantic at no additional cost.

On October 30, Virgin Atlantic will be increasing its flights from London Gatwick to operate four roundtrips per week, with two weekly services to Kingston in addition to Virgin’s current twice-weekly services to Montego Bay.

Anne Deamer, General Manager UK & Europe for Air Jamaica, said the decision to suspend the service was extremely difficult, given the strong relationship the airline has with the Jamaican community in the UK, as well as with the travel trade to attract holidaymakers to Jamaica.

“We are really disappointed that this decision has had to be made to close the route. Air Jamaica has been flying from London to Jamaica for 11 years and acknowledges in particular the importance of the Jamaican community in the UK who will be affected by the closure. However, there is over-capacity on the route, and unfortunately we cannot justify retaining the service, as the high costs and low yields make it unsustainable.”


Air Jamaica continues to operate a comprehensive network within the Caribbean as well as to Canada and the US.




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