Jamaica: Jamaica witnessed the historical moments of its first flight from Lagos, Nigeria, to the Sangster International Airport in St James.
At the airport, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith was on hand to greet Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, and other delegates who landed on the flight carrying 150 persons.
The minister stated that she was “genuinely delighted that after 400 years of partaken history, Jamaica and Nigeria could celebrate this historic direct charter flight from Lagos to Montego Bay.
She said” “The meaning of this flight is important as both countries are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations this year.”
Minister also added that we have been able to execute the flight happen upon the backdrop of the significant global tests that defined 2020 makes it that much more meaningful.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, said that the pandemic had deepened the need to connect “and this makes this coming home of the family too more special.
The foreign affairs minister also showed hope that the Air Peace charter flight will “represent the start of a new era of strong cooperation within Jamaica and Nigeria and ultimately the rest of Africa and the wider Caribbean.”
In the meantime, she noted that “the flights hold much promise for increased people to people contact through tourism and increased trade and investment opportunities.”
Johnson Smith congratulated the ministers of tourism and transport and mining to support the flight arrangements and expressed confidence in the programme in place.
She also shared that with collaboration among the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Ministry of National Security and other essential stakeholders, all protocols must carefully welcome aircrew and passengers to the Resilient Corridor.