That's most definately news to me if true however I highly doubt it. For a start-up of any kind to compete with JM
based in Jamaica it would really have to have a passenger base larger than the approx. 3 million folks that call Jamaica home. Not saying its' impossibly however highly unlikely.
The competition from the National Airline along with the International legacies i.e AA
, US and already established LCC's such as NK
and UsAir 3000 would make it out to be a bloodbath for market share. What would most likely happen first is a regional airline which I definately see having the chance to prosper as their service if done right would be more of a complement to the mainline carriers. Air Jamaica Express was the primary example of such an operation until they company ended operations and left the market to private charters and the second player in the market, International Airlink.
Air Jamaica express operated Dash 8-100's/200's and did so serving the The Bahamas, Cuba, the two main airports KIN
, Boscobel in St. Mary, Negril and Ken Jones in Port Antonio. After Air Jamaica Express left the market International Airlink took up that slack operating a BE1900D along with a Grand Caravan and a C206. A friend of mine had informed me awhile back that the 1900 was offered to them for direct acquisition or return by the Lessor as they (lessor) were going out of business an the return option was chosen due to unavailable capital for the outright acquisition. Last I heard plans are to acquire another BE1900D, when Im not quite certain.
Now the domestic route network I believe is still an under-developed market in that it has the potential to be a very lucrative market if a good business plan and route structure is put in place to complement the mainline carriers. There recently have been talks of extending the runway at Ken Jones in Port Antonio to facilitate increased air lift as well as night landings, so that goes to show the potential that exists.
However to return to the idea of an LCC in Jamaica, the only way that would work is by operating mostly domestic flights and consolidation with the current player in the domestic market. International markets such as South/Central America would best be served by JM
or other carriers.
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