With the continued promotion of tourism in the Caribbean, Jamaica-based airline Fly Jamaica has been asked to offer flight services to Brazil. Executives of the Guyanese-owned agency have been invited to expand their operation to the South American port, with flight services out of a major city in the country.
The airline is said to be working on its strategy to commence service at the port, “as soon as possible.”
Airline Director Roxanne Reece told Kaieteur News last week that Fly Jamaica, along with representatives from tourism based countries such as the Bahamas and Jamaica, engaged in an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) conference a few months ago and the offer to the Portuguese speaking port was made.
Reece pointed out that Brazil, which has a population of just over 200 million, was one of the areas looked at in locating tourist markets. Of the 200 million citizens living in Brazil, eight percent of them travel externally. Since the airline already services Guyana, which shares a border with Brazil, it was assumed that the airline could accommodate operations in the neighbouring country.
Reece explained that in the Bahamas, 3000 rooms have been built and need to be filled. For this reason talks are ongoing on locating markets and providing transportation for those who want to travel. It is unclear how soon operations will start on the new route.
Fly Jamaica recently acquired its second aircraft which compliments the existing Boeing 757. The Boeing 767 is expected to commence flights before year end. The airline’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ronald Reece had told the Jamaican media that the acquisition of the new plane meant additional seats to be filled. He was optimistic about servicing the South American city, noting that it would be a positive step to attain a market.