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Jamaica Tourist Board Update

(Forimmediaterelease.net) INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATE
Road Access:
Mount Rosser, Flat Bridge, the South Coast as well as the Negril to Montego Bay routes are all accessible to regular traffic.
Treasure Beach roads are now cleared, but caution is needed due to downed poles.

AIPORTS AND ARRIVALS
Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay
• Opened today, Monday, August 20 at 1:00 p.m.
Air Jamaica
To Montego Bay:
JM Flight 10 - JFK to Montego Bay departed at 5:30 p.m.
JM Flight 18 - Newark to Montego Bay will arrive at 5:57 p.m.
JM Flight 34 - Ft. Lauderdale to Montego Bay will arrive at 5:28 p.m.
JM Flight 40 - Baltimore to Montego Bay departed at 5:00 p.m.
JM Flight 44 - Philadelphia to Montego Bay departed at 4:30 p.m.
JM Flight 58 - Atlanta to Montego Bay departed at 5:30 p.m.
JM Flight 74 - Los Angeles to Montego Bay departing at 10:40 p.m.
To U.S.:
JM Flight 11 - Montego Bay to JFK departing at 7:45 p.m.
JM Flight 35 - Montego Bay to Fort Lauderdale departing at 7:30 p.m.
JM Flight 41 - Montego Bay to Baltimore departing at 5:40 p.m.
JM Flight 45 - Montego Bay to Philadelphia departing at 6:40 p.m.
JM Flight 59 - Montego Bay to Atlanta departing at 7:00 p.m.
JM Flight 5009 (extra flight) - Montego Bay to JFK departing at 10:30 p.m.
Northwest - Flight 818 from Memphis to Montego Bay arrived at 1:48 p.m. Flight 819 from Montego Bay to Memphis departed at 3:05 p.m.
Spirit Airlines - Flight 807 from Ft. Lauderdale arrived in Montego Bay at 2:50 p.m.
Norman Manely International Airport in Kingston
• Not likely to reopen before tomorrow, Tuesday, August 21, as access to airport is limited due to flooding of access road.
North American Carriers:
Air Jamaica
All flights in and out of Norman Manley have been cancelled today, August 20, and some will be rerouted through MBJ. Air Jamaica is releasing a new flight schedule by paid announcements on radio as soon as details are confirmed
American Airlines
First flight back into Jamaica is AA 881 from Miami at 12:00 noon into Montego Bay, tomorrow, August 21, 2007. First flight out of Jamaica will be AA1152 to Miami at 1:35 p.m., August 21 out of Montego Bay.
Spirit Airlines flight scheduled to arrive at 2:50 p.m.
US Airways will all resume operations tomorrow, August 21 with Flight 985 from Charlotte at 9:35 a.m., arriving in Montego Bay at 11:36 a.m. Flight 910 departs Montego Bay, August 21 at 12:35 p.m. and arrives in Charlotte at 4:38 p.m.

European Airlines:
Virgin Atlantic flight left at 4:30pm today and is expected to arrive in Montego Bay just before 8:00 p.m.
TUI Germany canceled arrivals for week of August 20. Passengers booked to these destinations can rebook or cancel without penalty.
Soltour Airlines sending empty planes to Montego Bay to pickup visitors. No new arrivals till week of August 27.
Marsans and Jet Air Belgium will operate service this week upon clearance.
Livingston Airlines and Volare Airlines will resume normal Sunday service from Italy.
Air Italy will resume service on Friday, August 24.
CRUISE PORTS
• As of 1:45 p.m. today all seaports are in working order. Facilities will open for business on Wednesday, August 22.
• All cruise lines have cancelled calls on Jamaican ports for remainder of this week.
• Port Authority of Jamaica has confirmed that Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of Seas will dock in Montego Bay, Wednesday, August 22. delivery 4,500 passengers.

RESORT AREA: MONTEGO BAY /FALMOUTH
• No major damage was reported to tourism infrastructure in Montego Bay. In Falmouth, a few trees were down and the Falmouth Court House received minimal damage. Most damages reported were to craft markets such as Old Fort, Holiday Village, Success and Bamboo Village.
• No damage was reported to the Montego Bay Cruise Ship Terminal.
• Chukka Caribbean Adventures in Montego Bay reported no damage, and operations should be up and running by Tuesday August 22, 2007, including reinstalled canopy tour lines.
• All seven Sandals Resorts and three Beaches Resorts in Jamaica report no structural damage today as a result of Hurricane Dean.
• SuperClubs' six resorts and three affiliate hotels are open and fully operational in Jamaica
• Half Moon Resort - The 400 acre resort experience only minimal effects. There has been no physical damage to any structure or injury to any person. A survey crew assessed the property and reported only fallen trees, limbs and debris.
• Round Hill Hotel&Villas is fully operational and open for business
RESORT AREA: KINGSTON
• Hilton Hotel suffered water damage to furniture, carpets and foliage.
• Pegasus Hotel minimal damage to foliage and windows.
• Altamont Court hotel had minimal damage to roof and foliage.
RESORT AREA: OCHO RIOS
• The following attractions reported no damage and will be opened for business on Wednesday, August 22, 2007:
• Dolphin Cove
• Dunn’s River Falls
• Prospect Plantation
• Green Grotto Cave
• Chukka Caribbean Adventures in Ocho Rios reported no damage, and operations should be up and running by Tuesday August 21, 2007, including reinstalled canopy tour lines.
• Sunset Jamaica Grande - No damage to resort. The hotel is open for all guest arrivals as of Monday, August 20, 2007.
• GOLDENEYE suffered no structural damage. Will be open for arrivals on Wednesday, August 22, 2007
• Sandcastles Resort reported no significant damage and is open for business.
RESORT AREA: SOUTH COAST
• Golf View Hotel in Mandeville reported no damage.
RESORT AREA: PORTLAND
• Fern Hill Hotel - No significant damage reported.
• Jamaica Palace - Minimal damage to property.
RESORT AREA: NEGRIL
• Rick’s Café - Slight damage to bandstand area.
• Sunset at the Palms - No structural damage has been reported, however landscaping damage has occurred. Guests were evacuated from the resort and were accommodated at Sunset Beach Resort&Spa and Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort&Spa. The hotel will reopen for arrivals Tuesday afternoon, August 21, 2007 at which time evacuated guests will also be returned to Sunset at the Palms.
• Tensing Pen - Sustained minimal damage and should be open for business by this weekend.

snowm@RuderFinn.com

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