Jamaica is set to welcome increased travelers this summer due an increase of more than 108,872 seats, up 8.4% over last summer.

The U.S., Jamaica's primary source market, has seen the biggest growth in seats, having secured more than 100,000 for the period from now through August.

"We are looking to build on the strong start to 2019, having welcomed more than 1.3 million visitors through March, which generated just under $950 million in revenue for our tourism sector," said Donovan White, director of tourism.

"The groundwork was laid in the first quarter, and with the increased seat capacity this summer, we anticipate continued growth and increased earnings for the destination."

The remainder of the airlift is from Europe and Barbados.

More than half of the U.S. seats secured are from the Northeast region. From New York JFK, JetBlue added capacity and increased frequency to Kingston and Montego Bay, and Delta added daily service to Kingston. United upped its frequency to Montego Bay from Newark, as did Southwest from Baltimore.

The Southeast region received 20,000 more seats to Montego Bay with American's increased flights from Charlotte, Delta's increased capacity from Atlanta and JetBlue's second daily flight from Orlando. Spirit has new service to both Montego Bay and Kingston, and Vacation Express will reintroduce its charter service from New Orleans to Montego Bay starting on May 25 and running through June 22. Southwest launches new weekly Saturday service from St. Louis to Montego Bay on June 9. United added extra flights twice weekly from Houston, and Sun Country Airlines will begin new service from Dallas, operating from May 24 to Aug. 19.


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