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Spirit Airlines launches inaugural, nonstop flight to Jamaica from Bradley Int'l Airport

The service will operate year-round, four times weekly.
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A Spirit Airlines jet approaches Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — Winter has settled into Connecticut so it's the perfect time to take a trip to Jamaica! 

Spirit Airlines launched a new nonstop service to Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Thursday out of Bradley International Airport.

Connecticut is home to one of the largest Jamaican communities in the world, boasting the fifth-largest population of residents with Jamaican ancestry among all U.S. states. According to census data, there are more than 56,000 residents with Jamaican ancestry in Connecticut.

Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA), said that the CAA was proud to offer convenient connectivity for the state's strong Jamaican population. 

"We thank Spirit Airlines, Visit Jamaica, and the many community leaders who partnered with us in securing the service and launching this much-anticipated flight," said Dillon.

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“We’ve been overjoyed by the community’s excitement and anticipation for the first-ever nonstop service connecting Connecticut and Jamaica,” said John Kirby, vice president of network planning at Spirit Airlines. “We're proud to celebrate this historic day which also marks Spirit’s first international flight from Bradley International Airport, and we thank the airport team and our Hartford guests for their support.”

This is the first time that a nonstop flight to Jamaica is being offered from Bradley International Airport.

“Connecticut is an important market for Jamaica in the key Northeast region of the U.S. that’s home to many of our Diaspora," said Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica. "The launch of this new flight supports the continuing strong rebound of Jamaica’s tourism sector and provides travelers with yet another convenient option to get to our beautiful island.”

The service now operates year-round, four times weekly. For times and dates and more information, head to Spirit Airlines' website.


Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at jglatz@fox61.com.  

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