U.S. air capacity to Jamaica flat in second half of '08

More than 1.3 million scheduled airline seats from U.S. gateways into Jamaica's two major airports were available from May through December, a number similar to last year's, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board.

More than two-thirds of the seats are on flights serving Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport with the balance going to Norman Manley International in Kingston.

Scheduled nonstop service from New York's Kennedy Airport includes four daily flights on Air Jamaica, six weekly flights on Delta, a daily flight on American through August and a second American flight four days a week from September through December.

Continental has a daily Newark flight from July through September, Air Jamaica has a daily nonstop from Philadelphia and US Airways operates four flights a week from Philadelphia.

Other US gateways are Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, and Orlando.

Sangster International's multi-phased, $200 million expansion project includes new arrivals halls, 11 new gates and a new 32-shop retail complex. On track for completion in September are new structures for ground transportation, immigration/customs and baggage claim.

A $139 million development at Norman Manley includes new ticketing and check-in areas, new departure lounges and more retail and food concessions.

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