Governor Lamont and Spirit Airlines Announce New Nonstop Service to Jamaica from Bradley International Airport
(WINDSOR LOCKS, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today joined representatives from the Connecticut Airport Authority and Spirit Airlines to announce that the airline will add new nonstop service from Bradley International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The announcement caps an effort by state officials and advocates to establish nonstop service to Jamaica from Connecticut’s largest airport.
The service is scheduled to launch on December 15, 2022 and will run year-round, four times a week. This is the first time a non-stop flight to Jamaica has been offered by an airline serving Bradley International Airport.
Connecticut is home to one of the largest Jamaican communities in the world, with the fifth largest population of residents of Jamaican ancestry among any US state. According to census data, there are over 56,000 residents of Jamaican ancestry in Connecticut.
“Connecticut has a large resident population of Jamaican ancestry, and I’m proud to announce that this long-awaited nonstop service is being added to Bradley,” Governor Lamont said. “Today’s announcement with Spirit Airlines not only makes it easier for residents of our state to fly directly to Jamaica, it also reinforces Bradley’s reputation as one of the best and most convenient airports available.” . Bradley is a key economic driver for Connecticut, and the more airlines and destinations we can add from the airport, the more attractive our state becomes for businesses looking to develop their own operations here. I am thrilled that we are partnering with Spirit Airlines to make direct travel between Connecticut and Jamaica a reality, and I look forward to the airline’s continued growth in our state.
In his latest Readers’ Choice Awards, Conde Nast Traveler class Bradley International Airport is the third best airport in the United States. The ranking is based on over 800,000 responses from readers who rated their travel experiences around the world.
“Spirit Airlines is delighted to launch its first-ever international flight from Bradley International Airport,” John Kirby, vice president of network planning for Spirit Airlines, said. “We sincerely value our partnership with the airport and the growth opportunities since the service launched in 2017. We have great teams here in Connecticut and Montego Bay and have proudly served Jamaica since 2005. We look forward to providing to our customers More go.
In recent years, a coalition of advocates, led by State Representative Bobby Gibson (D-Bloomfield, Windsor) and Caribbean Business Council Chairman Andrew Lawrence, have come together to help the Connecticut Airport Authority convince an airline to launch non-stop service from Bradley International Airport to Jamaica. . Governor Lamont and the General Assembly included a $2 million allocation in the recently passed state budget for the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development to help attract nonstop service.
“This is incredible and welcome news for the community, as Connecticut has the fifth largest population of Jamaican diaspora people in the United States,” Rep. Gibson said. “I have long advocated for these direct flights and I have continued my collaborative work to finally see this project come to fruition. I am not only thrilled to see families having better access to each other, but it will also provide successful financial gain to the state.
“We are excited about the economic opportunities this new service opens up for Connecticut and look forward to strengthening our relationship with the country of Jamaica,” Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman said.
“The Connecticut Airport Authority is thrilled to offer service to another exciting travel destination with today’s announcement of nonstop service to Jamaica,” Connecticut Airport Authority Board Chairman Tony Sheridan said. “Thank you to all of the state officials whose efforts and support were essential in making today’s announcement a reality.”
“We have pursued non-stop Jamaican service at Bradley International Airport for years in an effort to meet the needs of our community, and we are proud to finally make this a reality with the partnership of Spirit,” Kevin A. Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, said. “I have no doubt that this service will be successful, and I am proud that Bradley International Airport is able to offer convenient connectivity to the state’s large Jamaican population, their friends and their relatives.”