The governments of Jamaica and the USA signed an amended Air Services Agreement to facilitate increased cargo trade on Thursday.
The amended agreement was signed by Eric Khant, Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy and Transport and Mining Minister from Jamaica, Robert Montague at the ministry’s offices in Jamaica.
Minister Montague said the move represented the opening of possibilities for further partnerships between Jamaica and the United States.
“We all know that smoothly functioning transportation corridors – by land, water or air – are vital to the Jamaican economy and as an island state and a tourist destination we must continuously seek ways to improve on inefficiencies and opportunities,said Montague.
He noted that Jamaica’s desire to strengthen bilateral relationships between the United States and the island is the basis for the amended agreement, noting that it arose from negotiations at the 2017 International Conference on Air Services Negotiation (ICAN) held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The Chargé d’Affaires said US’s partnerships with Jamaica have always been beneficial and that the amended agreement serves to keep that robust relationship strong and lasting
“Our aviation partnership with Jamaica has always been robust and mutually beneficial, so [we] will be augmenting that by agreeing to allow all cargo airlines from our respective countries to continue to third country destinations without having to return home first,” said Mr. Khant.
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