New service expands US markets and ease of travel with once weekly flights on Saturdays starting October 7 and available now for booking.
Continuing to build out new gateways and provide more convenient access to the island for US travelers from the Midwest, Jamaica is pleased to welcome new non-stop air service from Kansas City International Airport (MCI) in Missouri to Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport (MBJ) by Southwest Airlines.
“It is very gratifying to welcome this new route by Southwest as we continue to grow our partnership and offer new ways for travelers to get to Jamaica,” said the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica. “This is a testament to the strength and ongoing appeal of Jamaica’s tourism product among U.S. travelers as well as the confidence of Southwest Airlines in the destination.”
The new flight will be the only non-stop service from the Kansas City market, opening this important area to the destination.
This service complements Southwest’s existing service to Jamaica from Baltimore, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Houston and St. Louis, bringing the carrier’s total number of non-stop gateways serving the island to nine.
“This new service is a welcome addition to our airlift roster as we continue our drive to further increase visitor arrivals to Jamaica,” said Donovan White, Director of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board. “It will open up access to more potential travelers from the midwestern US to visit our shores and we look forward to having them on island to experience our authentic Jamaican hospitality.”
For additional information on the new Southwest service or to book a flight, visit southwest.com.
For more information on Jamaica, go to visitjamaica.com.
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The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto, and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Tokyo and Paris.
In 2021, the JTB was declared ‘World’s Leading Cruise Destination,’ ‘World’s Leading Family Destination’ and ‘World’s Leading Wedding Destination’ for the second consecutive year by the World Travel Awards, which also named it the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board’ for the 14th consecutive year; and the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Destination’ for the 16th consecutive year; as well as the ‘Caribbean’s Best Nature Destination’ and the ‘Caribbean’s Best Adventure Tourism Destination.’ In addition, Jamaica was awarded four gold 2021 Travvy Awards, including ‘Best Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas,’ ‘Best Culinary Destination –Caribbean,’ Best Travel Agent Academy Program,’; as well as a TravelAge West WAVE award for ‘International Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Advisor Support’ for a record-setting 10th time. In 2020, the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the 2020 ‘Destination of the Year for Sustainable Tourism’. In 2019, TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that continue to receive prominent global recognition.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Website or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog.
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