Air Jamaica Express

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Air Jamaica Express
Airjamaicaexpress logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1973 (as Jamaica Air Taxi)[1]
Commenced operations April 18, 1996[1]
Ceased operations October 14, 2005
Hubs Norman Manley International Airport
Frequent-flyer program 7th Heaven
Alliance Air Jamaica - All service used JM flight numbers.
Fleet size 8
Destinations 12 (7 Regular, 5 Seasonal)
Parent company Air Jamaica
Headquarters Kingston, Jamaica
Key people Gordon Stewart (former chairman)

Air Jamaica Express was an airline based in Kingston, Jamaica, which, before folding, operated as a subsidiary of Air Jamaica. It operated domestic and inter-island scheduled flights and charter services. The airline was established in 1973 as Jamaica Air Taxi, and later operated as Trans-Jamaican Airlines until it was taken over by Gordon Stewart, who also controlled Air Jamaica in 1994.[2]

When Air Jamaica was renationalized in December 2004, responsibility for Air Jamaica Express remained with Stewart and his organization. The airline struggled financially and after attempts to reorganize and secure additional capital were unsuccessful, the airline ceased operations on October 14, 2005.[3] The JQ code assigned by the IATA was later reassigned to Jetstar Airways.[1]


In 2002, Air Jamaica Express served the following destinations:[1]

Country City Airport Notes
Jamaica Kingston Norman Manley International Airport
Montego Bay Sangster International Airport
Negril Negril Aerodrome
Ocho Rios Ian Fleming International Airport
Port Antonio Ken Jones Aerodrome
Cayman Islands George Town Owen Roberts International Airport
Cuba Havana José Martí International Airport
Santiago de Cuba Antonio Maceo Airport Seasonal
Haiti Port-au-Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport Seasonal
Turks and Caicos Providenciales Providenciales International Airport Seasonal
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport Seasonal
Bahamas Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport Seasonal

Prior to Air Jamaica Express, predecessor air carrier Trans-Jamaican Airlines was operating ATR 42 turboprop service on a routing of Montego Bay - Kingston - Grand Cayman - Belize City, Belize - Cancun, Mexico twice a week in 1994.[4]


In 2002, Air Jamaica Express was operating the following twin turboprop aircraft types:[1]

Aircraft Amount in Fleet Passengers
Bombardier Dash 8 Q100 6 37
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 2 19

The airline also previously operated Short 360 turboprop aircraft as well as the following STOL capable piston engine prop aircraft during its existence:

In addition, predecessor air carrier Trans-Jamaican Airlines operated ATR 42 turboprop aircraft.


  1. ^ a b c d e Norwood, Tom; Wegg, John (2002). North American Airlines Handbook (3rd ed.). Sandpoint, ID: Airways International. ISBN 0-9653993-8-9. 
  2. ^ MARTIN-WILKINS,, ARLENE (July 1, 2005). "Air Jamaica gives up Express". Jamaica Observer. Archived from the original on February 16, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Air Jamaica Express to shut down". Jamaica Observer. September 18, 2005. Archived from the original on April 1, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  4. ^ Sept. 15, 1994 OAG Desk Top Flight Guide, North American Edition