[photopress:air_jamaica.jpg,full,alignright]Air China may be considering taking over Jamaica’s cash-strapped national airline.
Jamaica’s Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw said that Air China, has had initial talks with the Government with a view to operating Air Jamaica.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding has already stated Air Jamaica was costing the country too much to maintain. He said the Government had plans to remove it from the national budget.
Air Jamaica has racked up significant losses, costing the country more than US$100 million to maintain annually.
The Prime Minister said, ‘It is poor people’s taxes we have to be using to maintain it and that cannot continue.’ he Ministry of Finance and the Public Service were instructed to initiate talks with private interests that would be prepared to operate the airline.
Air China currently flies to about 120 destinations from its Beijing hub. Air China is the fourth-largest airline in Asia, the fifth largest in the world in terms of domestic cargo traffic.
Source: Jamaica Gleaner