Western Air inaugurates Nassau-Kingston service

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Attempting to fill a gap opened by the exit of Air Jamaica from Nassau, Bahamas to Kingston, Western Air has officially inaugurated flights on the route.

Western Air debuted its six weekly flights operated with Saab 340A turboprops from Nassau to Kingston on 12 April.

Based at San Andros airport in the Bahamas, Western Air is aiming to open a second Jamaican market with new flights from Nassau to Montego Bay, but a spokeswoman for the carrier says at the moment no launch date is set for the service.

The Jamaican routes are the first international scheduled flights for Western Air, which currently offers scheduled flights in the Bahamas and some charter service to other Caribbean destinations.

Air Jamaica this month is scheduled to end its flights from Kingston and Montego Bay to Nassau to coincide with the transition of its operations to Caribbean Airlines that was originally supposed to begin on 12 April.

But the official start of the transition has now slipped to 30 April.

Caribbean and the Jamaican government are in the midst of firming up deal for the sale of Air Jamaica to Caribbean, which is the national carrier of Trinidad and Tobago.

Air Jamaica has previously said the transition to Caribbean would take roughly one year. During that time Air Jamaica plans to operate its six Airbus narrowbodies under contract with Caribbean.