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Air Jamaica pulls out of London

1 Jun 2007

Air Jamaica has officially announced that it will be bringing to an end its link to London's Heathrow airport.

Despite many passengers travelling between the two destinations, Air Jamaica claims that the route is too well served and so will be pulling out.

The airline will cease flying the route from 28 October 2007 but people who already have a ticket will be put onto a Virgin Atlantic flight.

Virgin announced earlier this week that it will be increasing its services from London to Jamaica in response to Air Jamaica's decision and this should mean that a healthy link remains.

Despite taking the decision to pull out of the route, Air Jamaica has expressed its real disappointment at no longer providing a London to Jamaica service.

'We are really disappointed that this decision has had to be made to close the route,' revealed Anne Deamer from the carrier.

'Air Jamaica has been flying from London to Jamaica for 11 years and acknowledges in particular the importance of the Jamaican community in the UK who will be affected by the closure.

'However, there is over-capacity on the route, and unfortunately we cannot justify retaining the service, as the high costs and low yields make it unsustainable,' she added.

Air Jamaica is continuing its strong presence elsewhere in the world.

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