A Domestic Airline for Jamaica is on the Cards

Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague (left), converses with Senior Director in the Ministry with responsibility for Transport Policy (International and Land), Tanya Bedward (right); and Chief Technical Director, Dr. Janice Dawkins at the final consultation on the National Transport Policy. (Credit: JIS)

Jamaica, Monday March 18, 2019
– Minister of Transport and
Mining Robert Montague is working to have a domestic airline operating in
Jamaica in short order.

“Having a domestic airline is one of my objectives because I
believe that ordinary Jamaicans should have an option of taking…air transport,
so I have it as one of my priorities,” he said at the final in a series of
consultations for the crafting of a new National Transport Policy (NTP).

Montague indicated that discussions are under way with three
investment groups to start a domestic service.

“The market can take up to two, and possibly three. I am leading
the effort to have a domestic carrier up and running,” the Transport Minister

The series of consultations, held with key stakeholders, will
guide the revision of the transport policy, covering air, water, road, railway,
and infrastructure and services.

The policy identifies the issues faced in the development of the sector; the roles of Government, the private sector and the numerous authorities operating in the sector; the changes necessary in the regulatory structure; and environment and safety issues.

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