Domestic Flights Resume on July 8

Story Highlights Flights will be scheduled out of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay where Jam Airlink is based; Negril; Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary; and the Tinson Pen aerodrome in Kingston, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, John Levy, made the announcement during the launch at the Ian Fleming Airport on Wednesday (July 3). Domestic flights are set to resume on Monday, July 8, with the introduction of daily service by local aviation company, Jam Airlink Express. Domestic flights are set to resume on Monday, July 8, with the introduction of daily service by local aviation company, Jam Airlink Express.Flights will be scheduled out of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay where Jam Airlink is based; Negril; Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary; and the Tinson Pen aerodrome in Kingston, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, John Levy, made the announcement during the launch at the Ian Fleming Airport on Wednesday (July 3).Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, who has portfolio responsibility for the aviation industry, headed the officials and other guests in attendance.Reintroduction of the service is the result of negotiations between the Ministry and Jam Airlink.Mr. Montague, in his remarks, said the undertaking will provide numerous stakeholder opportunities, including jobs, and the engagement of businesses to provide goods and services.Jam Airlink, he said, “has broken new ground, and I encourage everybody to give the service a try”.For his part, Mr. Levy said the service will significantly reduce travel time, particularly between Kingston and Montego Bay.“For Jamaica to develop into a First-World country… one of the things we need is transportation. When it takes six or seven hours for somebody to drive from Kingston to Montego Bay or vice versa… that’s [almost an entire] business day. We can do that in 25 to 30 minutes and you can do your business, wherever that is, come back and spend a day in the office doing some productive work… and feeling less tired,” he said. read more

Govt to Establish Five More Business Incubators

Story Highlights Five additional business incubators will be established over the next two years, which will provide much-needed business services and support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) operators.This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, at the opening ceremony for the fifth staging of ‘Christmas in July’ at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on July 18.He said the facilities will be built by the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ). “We have already identified a space in Montego Bay,” he said, noting that incubators will be established outside of Kingston as part of efforts to spread business development services to other parishes.Mr. Green noted that the incubators will enable entrepreneurs to grow their businesses at a low cost.“A lot of MSMEs have said to us that they start at home with an idea in their kitchen or on their veranda, and when it’s time for them to grow, there is a difficulty accessing space so that they can scale up. We have a facility on Marcus Garvey Drive that’s oversubscribed; we have to get out into the rest of Jamaica,” he said.Meanwhile, some 120 local producers of authentic Jamaican gift and souvenir items showcased their products and networked with corporate entities and various industry players at ‘Christmas in July’.On display were traditional souvenir items of all kinds; corporate, home and decorative accessories; desktop solutions; specialty foods and aromatherapy/spa products.Christmas in July is a collaborative effort of the Tourism Linkages Network and its partners, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA), Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).The mission of the linkages network is to position and assist the tourism sector to increase its demand for and consumption of goods and services that can be competitively sourced in Jamaica.The primary goal is to ensure that Jamaica’s tourism sector becomes better integrated with local opportunities for other sectors, such as entertainment, agriculture and manufacturing. Five additional business incubators will be established over the next two years, which will provide much-needed business services and support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) operators. This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, at the opening ceremony for the fifth staging of ‘Christmas in July’ at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on July 18. He said the facilities will be built by the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ). “We have already identified a space in Montego Bay,” he said, noting that incubators will be established outside of Kingston as part of efforts to spread business development services to other parishes. read more