Airlines’ round-trip flights between Nigeria and Jamaica will be tested in December 2020 and January 2021, according to Janet Olisa, Nigeria’s outgoing high commissioner to Jamaica. Olisa said trips from Lagos to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay are intended to pave the way for a regular direct air route between the two countries. According to Olisa, the plan represents a collaboration with her Jamaican counterpart Esmond Reid, who is in Abuja, Nigeria. She went on to say that she would like more Jamaicans to travel to Nigeria to learn more about their African heritage. She also hopes that direct flights between Nigeria and Jamaica will increase trade and promote more trade relations between the two countries.
The scheduled flights will be operated through a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA), which is designed to establish direct flights between Lagos / Abuja and Kingston as soon as possible. The deal is expected to be finalized during the ongoing third session of the Nigeria-Jamaica Joint Commission, according to Professor Viola Onwuliri, Nigerian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. Once implemented, the journey between Nigeria and Jamaica, which currently takes around 17 hours, will only take around eight hours, significantly reducing the hassle of cost, traveler fatigue, getting to transit visas through the United States or other connecting countries and baggage handling issues. .
While acknowledging the high costs and logistical challenges involved, Olisa said her only disappointment during her three-year tenure in Jamaica was not being able to convince the island’s business leaders to continue. business interests in Nigeria, although she acknowledged that information trading was occurring. Once passenger flights are in place, Olisa believes the next step will be to start moving goods, goods and services freely between countries. When Nigerian and Jamaican stakeholders buy into the plan, flights will likely become more sustainable and cheaper.
Olisa also hopes that Nigeria’s new high commissioner to Jamaica will continue his efforts to improve trade relations between the two countries.
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