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New Route of the Day – Americas (24 February 2024): American between Miami and Ocho Rios


American inaugurated flights between Miami and Ocho Rios in Jamaica on Saturday 24 February, becoming the only US airline to serve Ian Fleming International Airport on the island. The 885-kilometre service will be maintained 2-weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with the 76-seat E175 aircraft.

In a nod to the airport’s name after the author of the James Bond novels, Ian Fleming, who lived in Jamaica, the new flight bears the number AA4007. It departs Miami at 10:10 local time, arriving in Ocho Rios at 12:14 local time. The return service, operating under the same flight number, takes off from the Caribbean island at 12:55 local time, touching back down in Florida at 14:46 local time.

What they said

Juan Carlos Liscano, Vice President of MIA Hub Operations at American, said: “American Airlines is making history today and we’re proud to provide exclusive access to this Caribbean paradise so our customers can experience its white sand, waterfalls, rich culture and opportunities for relaxation and adventure. As Miami’s hometown airline, we are thrilled to continue expanding our network across the Caribbean and to more than 150 destinations worldwide.”

Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism in the government of Jamaica, noted: “We are extremely pleased to see American Airlines, our largest airline partner, continue to expand their service to Jamaica by now flying into all three of our international airports. The new flights are well timed to support our stopover arrivals growth during this peak winter season, which we are projecting to be the best we’ve ever recorded.”

Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, added: “We are thrilled to be the only US airport with nonstop service to Ocho Rios, and to also have Kingston and Montego Bay within our Jamaica route network. Jamaica continues to be one of MIA’s busiest international markets, generating 600,000 travellers annually. With spring break just around the corner and summer vacations coming soon, we look forward to welcoming thousands of passengers traveling between Ocho Rios and Miami-Dade.”

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American’s Miami network grows to record levels

The addition of the Ocho Rios service supplements American’s existing flights from Miami to Kingston and Montego Bay in Jamaica, along with connections to 45 destinations across Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The airline also inaugurated non-stop operations from Miami to Governor’s Harbour in the Bahamas on 3 February.

With the expansion of its international schedule, American is currently operating its largest schedule ever out of Miami, boasting 390 peak-day flights during this W23/24

Quarter of American’s Jamaica capacity from Miami

American will offer over 160,000 seats to and from Jamaica in March. Over a quarter of this capacity will be from Miami, with the carrier also operating 3-daily flights to Montego Bay and a 2-daily service to Kingston.

The airline also serves Montego Bay with 4-daily flights from Charlotte, 2-daily from Dallas/Fort Worth and daily frequencies from Chicago ORD, New York JFK, and Philadelphia. Overall, American now has over 100 peak weekly flights to Jamaica.

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