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Janice Allen (centre), regional director, Jamaica Tourist Board, gives a passenger a welcome token after she disembarks Southwest Airline's inaugural flight from Houston into Sangster International Airport (MBJ), Montego Bay. To their right is Sharon Hislop, manager, commercial business development and marketing at MBJ Airports Limited.
Janice Allen (second left), regional director, Jamaica Tourist Board, welcomes visitors at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. From left are: Joseph Nathaniel Dayes, Navada Jackson-Dayes and Joseph Lee Dayes. The Dayes family from Texas, United States were visiting Jamaica for the first time. They were among passengers on the Southwest Airlines flight which made its inaugural trip from Houston, Texas. Smiling in the background is Dr Rafael Echevarne, chief executive officer, MBJ Airports Ltd. 

Jamaica welcomes daily non-stop service from Houston to MoBay

Visitors from Houston, Texas now have easier access to Jamaica. As of November 1, Southwest Airlines began operating daily non-stop service between Houston's Hobby International Airport (HOU) and Jamaica's Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay.

"The new service is a testament to the strong partnership with Southwest Airlines aimed at attracting visitors from Houston and its various feeder markets," said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica's director of tourism. "With the busy winter season fast approaching, we are pleased to welcome the airline's first daily non-stop service from Houston, which will ensure that destination Jamaica remains a potential vacation option for visitors from the south-west and west."

To celebrate the occasion, Jamaica and Southwest created an island breakfast celebration at the gate in Houston before the inaugural flight departed. Passengers were treated to a fare that included Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, Jamaican music, as well as lots of prizes and surprises. Representatives from the Jamaica Tourist Board and Southwest Airlines were on hand for the official ribbon cutting.

As part of the celebration, a small media contingent travelled on the inaugural flight to Montego Bay. In Jamaica, they were hosted at the Royalton White Sands, where they got the opportunity to sample the culinary offerings and experience some of the island's attractions first-hand.

The new daily flight departs from William P. Hobby Airport's (HOU) new $146 million international concourse at 10:35 a.m. and arrives at Jamaica's Sangster International Airport (MBJ) at 2:50 p.m. The return flight is scheduled to depart MBJ at 3:45 p.m. and arrives at HOU at 6:15 p.m.

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