Jamaica's gotten a boost in airlift capacity this winter from the U.S., its primary source market.

It has secured close to 80,000 more seats to meet the increased demand from travelers.

From January 2019 through September, the U.S. market region provided 1.3 million arrivals, up 13.5% from the same period in 2018 and up 22.3% from 2017.

"The increased airlift makes the destination even more accessible for winter travelers," said Donovan White, director of tourism.

The Northeast region saw the biggest increase in capacity, gaining more than 64,000 seats, split between Kingston, which received 12,000 more seats from New York Kennedy while Montego Bay received close to 52,000 more seats from Kennedy, Newark and Philadelphia.

From Kennedy, American launched daily nonstop service to Montego Bay on Nov. 21 while JetBlue added more capacity and increased frequency to both Kingston and Montego Bay.

United increased frequency to Montego Bay from Newark, and American ramped up Montego Bay frequency from Philadelphia.

In the Midwest, Jamaica has 13,000 more seats this winter from Detroit and Minneapolis on Sun Country and Delta.

The Southeast region secured close to 10,000 more seats compared with last winter from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale to Kingston, while Montego Bay gained additional seats from Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta; and Orlando.


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