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White House says will reappoint Puerto Rico oversight board

… confirm the current members of Puerto Rico‘s federally created … as it attempts to restructure Puerto Rico‘s core government … also sought a dismissal of Puerto Rico‘s Title III … board the authority to push Puerto Rico and its approximately $120 …

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Jamaica Is Getting More New Nonstop Flights


By Dana Niland
CJ Contributor

Jamaica is in the midst of an airlift boom, and the trend will continue this summer.

Jamaica is set to welcome a host of new nonstop flights this summer.

Indeed, the island destination has secured over 1.4 million seats this season, an increase of 108,872 or 8.4 percent over last summer.

“We are looking to build on the strong start to 2019, having welcomed over 1.3 million visitors through the end of March, which generated just under $950 million in revenue for Jamaica’s tourism sector,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “The groundwork has been laid in the first quarter and with the increased seat capacity this summer, we anticipate continued growth and increased earnings for the destination.”

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Half Moon in Jamaica.

Jamaica’s primary source market, the United States., has seen the biggest growth having secured over 100,000 additional seats for the period between May and August 2019.

The Northeast region of the U.S. has seen the most significant increase, accounting for more than half of the seats secured.

From New York-JFK, JetBlue Airways has added more capacity and increased frequency to Kingston and Montego Bay, and Delta has added daily service to Kingston.

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The Spanish Court hotel in Kingston.

From Newark, United Airlines has increased frequency to Montego Bay from Baltimore, and Southwest has increased frequency to Montego Bay.

The Southeast region has received over 20,000 additional seats for the summer to Montego Bay.

American Airlines has increased flights from Charlotte, Delta has increased its capacity from Atlanta and JetBlue will be adding a second daily flight from Orlando during August.

Spirit Airlines has introduced new services to Montego Bay and Kingston.

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The new S Hotel in Montego Bay.

From New Orleans, Vacation Express will reintroduce its charter service to Montego Bay starting May 25 and will operate through to June 22.

In the Midwest region, Southwest begins new weekly service on Saturdays from St. Louis to Montego Bay starting June 9.

The West will see United Airlines adding extra flights Tuesdays and Thursdays from Houston (IAH) to Montego Bay.

Additionally, Sun Country Airlines will begin new service from Dallas (DFW) to Montego Bay starting May 24.

This service will operate through to August 19, 2019.

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The Jamaica Inn.

“It is encouraging to see that growth is not only from the established markets. As we open new gateways, we are attracting visitors from new markets,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism.

The U.K./Europe market has grown its overall seat capacity from the region by 9,257 seats or 5.5 percent compared to last year, primarily due to the addition of new service from Manchester, larger equipment from British Airways out of Gatwick and TUI out of Manchester.

TUI has also doubled their seat capacity from Belgium and Holland with longer rotations as well.

— CJ

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This Is Camper & Nicholsons’ Newest Superyacht


By Dana Niland
CJ Contributor

There’s a new superyacht coming to the Caribbean.

Rossinavi and Camper & Nicholsons have debuted their collaboration with a new concept in superyachts, and the result is the spectacular new “Infinity.”

Camper & Nicholsons will market and exclusively distribute for the territory of the Americas and Asia the Rossinavi-built Infinity series as well as provide expert guidance to owners, the company said this week.

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“With Infinity we wanted to overcome the challenges of allowing wide common areas for entertaining within a possibly limiting sporty design. The sporting spirit of the project nevertheless maintains Rossinavi’s high standards in terms of comfort and sea attitude,” said Federico Rossi, COO of Rossinavi.

The idea behind Infinity was to create a boat concept that starts from a simple sharp line that connects two windows; one looking out into the horizon and the other one pointing towards the stern, through the owner’s entertaining area.

Infinity features Rossinavi’s typical “sporty” lines for a high performance boat. 

A fast displacement hull with shallow draft and wide outdoor areas on the upper deck are the signature of this design, with exteriors and full custom interiors designed by Italian architect Fulvio De Simoni.

Camper and Nicholsons Superyacht

“We have analyzed which could be a style mark for the future. Infinity defines a new sportive and elegant design with very strong character that links together boats between 42 and 69 meters,” De Simoni said. “We realized that there was a gap in the market for this particular boat concept and decided to develop Infinity. This design range will include four boats; four different experiences out in the sea.”

The fast displacement hull allows to reach over 20 knots of speed preserving at the same time very limited consumption at low speeds, as in a displacement boat. 

Infinity’s high stability also in rough seas allows to have the owner cabin in the upper deck of the boat. 

Internal noise levels within Infinity are low and far exceed the values of similar classic displacement boats. 

The superyacht is also versatile, with hulls adept for transoceanic navigation as well as shallow waters thanks to its draft between 2 and 2.5 meters.

“This collaboration further expands Camper & Nicholsons’ focus on our New Build division,” said Paolo Casani, Chief Executive Officer, Camper & Nicholsons, International. “With over 200 years of heritage and nautical know-how, we are the subject matter experts to help clients build the boat of their dreams. A yacht often takes years to build and features thousands of components, so the purchase of such an asset requires the best advice and that is what we bring to the table.”

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Delta Is Launching a New Route to Puerto Rico


By the Caribbean Journal staff

Puerto Rico’s airlift boom is continuing with Delta Air Lines’ planned launch of a new route from Detroit to San Juan.

The nonstop route will operate weekly on Saturdays between Detroit Metropolitan Airport and San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, with service set to begin Dec. 21.

The new route is part of a wider push out of Detroit this coming winter season, with Delta planning to operate routes to a total of 20 international destinations out of the city.

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The new OLV Fifty Five in San Juan’s hip Condado district.

The new Puerto Rico route will be operated on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with capacity for 160 passengers, including 16 seats in first class, 36 in Comfort+ and 108 in the main cabin.

“Delta is committed to contributing to the economy of Puerto Rico by better connecting both leisure and business travelers with San Juan throughout the year,” said Agustin Durand, Delta’s general manager for Central America and the Caribbean.

The new service will complement Delta’s two main gateways to Puerto Rico, from Atlanta and New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

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The Paseo La Princesa in Old San Juan.

“By offering the Detroit-San Juan service, Delta will continue to strengthen our network in the Caribbean and support the vibrant culture and hospitality of Puerto Rico,” Durand said. “Through our industry-leading service, we are continually investing to provide the best experience to our customers in San Juan, Detroit, the Americas and the world.”

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The new Candelero Beach Resort.

After the destination quickly recaptured most of its airlift in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the last year has seen a wave of newly-launched routes to Puerto Rico, from new international service on carriers like Iberia to new routes on low-cost carriers like Allegiant and Spirit.

It’s also part of a growing route network to the Caribbean out of the Midwest, where more and more carriers are launching new Caribbean flights, most notably Sun Country Airlines.

— CJ

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Barbados’s New Year-Round JetBlue Flights


By Dana Niland
CJ Contributor

Barbados is getting a boost from New York City-based airline JetBlue.

JetBlue is expanding its weekly nonstop Saturday service from Newark Liberty to Barbados to year-round service, Caribbean Journal has learned.

The extension of service will go into effect on May 4, 2019.

“The extension of our popular seasonal, weekly Barbados service to year-round weekly service is thanks to the continued growth of travel to Barbados,” said Andrea Lusso, director of route planning for JetBlue. “Our partners at Barbados Tourism have done an outstanding job of promoting this beautiful destination, while JetBlue has consistently worked to match capacity in the market to the growing demand. We’re proud to serve Barbados and to continue offering award-winning service for tourists and Barbadians alike.”

Barbados has continued to see an increase in US arrival numbers for the fourth consecutive year, with 2018 producing a record of 204,830 visitors from the U.S, an increase of 8.4 percent from 2017. 

The extended service comes as Barbados has already seen an increase in airlift and new gateways in other cities such as Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Boston.

“Newark was previously a level 3 slot-controlled airport which meant that opportunities for new flight entry were very restricted. However, the change in FAA designation in October 2016 to a level 2 slot facilitated airport, finally afforded Barbados the opportunity to offer flight service,” said Petra Roach, U.S Director of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. “Increased airlift continues to be core to Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.’s strategic direction of achieving improved accessibility for U.S. visitors to Barbados and the geographical location of Newark proves convenient not only for the local New Jersey traffic but also for the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania and parts of Connecticut.”

“Competitive intensity continues and with the state’s demographic leaning more towards families and young couples, two very important pillars of growth for Barbados, we couldn’t be more pleased with this announcement,” she said.

— CJ

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