It’s all smiles and selfies as Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (2nd right) and Director of Tourism Donovan White (right) welcome visitors from Russia.
NON STOP: Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (4th right) cuts the welcome cake to commemorate the Pegas Touristic and Norwind nonstop direct flight from Moscow, Russia to Montego Bay. Sharing in the activity are (from left) Donovan White, Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board; Murat Oral, Director of Destination Pegas Touristic; Councilor Homer Davis, Mayor of Montego Bay; Bishop Conrad Pitkin, Custos of St. James and Omar Robinson, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association.
A new non-stop service between Moscow and Montego Bay had its first flight to Jamaica on Friday, October 26. The flight, which carried two hundred and eighty-three (283) passengers and seventeen (17) crew, landed at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay at 8:13am.
Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett officially welcomed the Pegas Touristic and Nordwind Airlines, new nonstop flight.
“This new nonstop service out of Russia will be monumental in ensuring an increase in visitor arrivals from Russia and surrounding areas. The projection is to see over 10,000 Russian visitors to our shores by 2020 and with this seamless air connectivity we will be able to achieve our target,” Mr. Bartlett said.
In addressing representatives of the airlines, passengers and local stakeholders Mr. Bartlett said Pegas Touristic and Nordwind will fly into the Sangster International Airport every ten days up to May 2019. He said the Russian tourism market has been growing at a steady pace and Pegas Fly and its sister airline, Norwind, have been growing their fleet and expanding their reach.
Minister Bartlett added that, “We’ve also made it easier for seamless travel between Russia and Jamaica as last month our government agreed to amend the agreement with your government to waive visa requirements for periods not exceeding 90 days per year. What this means is that coming here as a tourist or to do business gives you up to 90 clear days.”
By: Franklin McKnight