Jamaica and Nigeria have just completed a direct flight between the two countries, as the first phase of forging stronger relations.
The flight took off yesterday morning from Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos and landed in the evening at Montego Bay Sangster International Airport, as the two nations attempt to pave way for a regular direct airline route between the two destinations.
In a statement, the Nigerian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, reported, “As part of the activities to commemorate 50 years of good bilateral relations between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Jamaica, an inaugural direct flight, Air Peace, departed from Lagos and has landed in Montego Bay, on Monday December 21, 2020.”
Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama was on board the flight, accompanied by a delegation of government officials and members of the private sector. The delegation was received at Sangster Airport by Jamaica’s Minister of Transport, Robert Montague and other leading state officials.
According to the statement,” the event will strengthen relations between the two countries in several areas, among them tourism, education and economic activities.” This is the first direct charter flights from Lagos to Montego Bay.
A second flight scheduled for December 30
The flight will return to Lagos next Monday, December 28. A second rotation will take place from December 30 to January 6, 2021.
Each flight will last for about 11 hours and relieves the travelers of the stress of securing transit visas via Europe or the United States and the uncertainties associated with multiple connections.
The Jamaican High Commission in Abuja, and Nigerians Travel Too, a leading tour operator based in Lagos and the United Kingdom organized the historic charter flight. Both partners have dubbed the Nai-Jamaica Project with a dedicated website launched to showcase the range of travel and business opportunities that are available.
Speaking about the historic flight, Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Esmond Reid explained that, “the ideology is to celebrate the diplomatic relationship between both countries through the direct flight, which is a historic and unique opportunity to reconnect with family and friends not just from Nigeria and Jamaica, but the Caribbean and other parts of the world. Both countries have worked hard to promote culture, education, industrial and economic development, at different levels.”
He noted that Jamaica has won many international travel and tourism awards, and has developed special COVID-19 protocols for the tourism sector. “In the face of the global pandemic, these protocols will help to protect and enhance the tourism experience for visitors and workers in the industry,” Reid said.
He noted that in tandem with the upcoming flights, handcrafted holiday experiences and multiple travel packages have been designed with each visitor in mind.