Barbados Consul-General Co-Hosts Air Jamaica Meeting in
NEW YORK (June 4, 2004) - Barbados Consul-General in New York, Jessica
Odle, believes Air Jamaica, the island's designated flag carrier to the
United States, is vitally important to the development of the nation.
Odle, whose consulate recently teamed with the airline and Barbadian
organizations in the Diaspora for a community debriefing, described the
meeting as "enlightening and beneficial" for the Barbadian community
organization leaders, the staff of the Consulate, the Barbados Tourism
Authority and the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation.
Air Jamaica’s Senior Vice President of Industry Affairs, William Rodgers,
thanked the Barbadian and wider Caribbean community for continuing to
support the airline year after year. "Our relationship with Barbadians and
other Caribbean nationals has grown from strength to strength. We value
these links and intend to strengthen them through closer collaboration into
"The various programs offered by the airline are tremendously important
for Barbados as a tourist destination," said Consul-General Odle, who gave
special mention to the airline's frequent flyer program and cargo package
service, which is particularly useful for the Barbadian community, who
frequently send packages to friends and relatives at home.
"Of particular note is the possibility for the business traveler to do a
same day turnaround, thus improving business linkages," said the diplomat,
who noted that Air Jamaica and its New York staff exemplify true Caribbean
This week, Air Jamaica teamed with the Caribbean Tourism Organization to
stage two Caribbean town hall meetings on travel and tourism issues,
featuring several visiting Caribbean Ministers of Tourism.
The meetings form part of Caribbean Week in New York activities and ran
concurrently in Brooklyn and the Bronx on Thursday, June 3, 2004.
With more than 30 years of service and the most modern fleet servicing
the Caribbean, Air Jamaica offers over 380 direct flights a week from 12 US
gateways, plus Toronto and from London and Manchester in England to 14
Caribbean destinations. The airline’s code share agreement with Delta Air
Lines and joint fare arrangements and compatible schedules with other U.S.
carriers extend its reach to over 150 cities within the continental U.S.