Hello, Mama Africa: Direct flight between Jamaica and South Africa now a reality

Persons desiring to fly directly to South Africa from Jamaica will now be able to do so. Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague disclosed on Tuesday (Oct 8) that Jamaica has finally secured an air service travel agreement with South Africa for direct flights.

Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague speaking at a ceremony for the presentation of an Aerodrome Operator Certificate to the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) at the Ministry’s office in Kingston on Tuesday (October 8).  Seated beside him is Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Dr. Janine Dawkins.

“And we are very pleased that we now have this air service agreement in place that will facilitate direct flights with the country into possibly Norman Manley International Airport,” he said.

The minister was speaking during the presentation of an Aerodrome Operator Certificate to Norman Manley International Airport at his ministry office in Kingston.

‘The possibility exists that you can go from Kingston straight into Johannesburg.’

— Robert Montague

He added: “This has always been a dream of many, many persons have spoken about it and we have finally done it. In order to get to Africa you no longer need to go to Panama, Brazil, New York or London, the possibility exists that you can go from Kingston straight into Johannesburg.” Montague further pointed out that the new arrangement will open up opportunities for trade, tourism, study and travel.

Direct flights from Jamaica to South Africa now a reality.

In the meantime, he said that Government is in the process of trying to secure other air service agreements with Nigeria and Ghana and the discussions are well advanced.