Jamaica plans to sign seven new open skies agreements during the third International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) conference this week with the Jamaican Minister of Transport and Works, Michael Henry, stating the upgrade of two of the island’s international airports allows up to 10 million more travellers to visit Jamaica (Jamaica Observer, 30-Jun-2010).
Jamaica to sign seven open skies agreements during ICAO conference
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