By Jamaica Information Service
ST JAMES, Jamaica — Jamaica has welcomed its first flight from West Africa. Nigerian Airline, Air Peace, made its historic direct flight from Lagos to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James, on Monday (December 21). It is the first non-stop flight to the island from Nigeria and is aimed at exploring the possibility of direct round-trip commercial airlift between the two destinations.
The flight, with 132 passengers, including Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, his wife Sulola Onyeama, and 19 crew members, arrived at approximately 10:15 p.m. The 12-hour trip was arranged by Tour Company, Nigerians Travel Too, in partnership with Air Peace.
A high-level delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith and Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, was on hand to greet the passengers.
The minister said that she was “truly delighted that after 400 years of shared history, Jamaica and Nigeria could celebrate this historic direct charter flight from Lagos to Montego Bay.
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”The context of this flight is significant as both countries are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations this year.”
“The fact that we have been able to make the flight happen against the backdrop of the major global challenges that defined 2020, make it that much more significant,” she added.
Johnson Smith said that the pandemic has deepened the need to connect “and this makes this coming home of family even more special.
The foreign affairs minister also expressed hope that the Air Peace charter flight will “represent the start of a new era of robust cooperation between Jamaica and Nigeria and ultimately the rest of Africa and the wider Caribbean.”
At the same time, she noted that “the flights hold considerable promise for increased people to people contact through tourism and increased trade and investment opportunities.
Johnson Smith praised the ministers of tourism and transport and mining for their support of the flight arrangements and expressed confidence in the programme in place.
She also shared that with collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Ministry of National Security and other critical stakeholders, all protocols are in place to safely welcome air crew and passengers to the Resilient Corridor.
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