Jamaica and the United States have signed an extended Open Skies agreement allowing all cargo airlines from each of the countries to operate services from the other state to third countries, state-run Jamaica Information Service has reported.

Under the terms of the extended agreement, all American cargo airlines will be able to operate services from the US to Jamaica and then to a third country with commercial rights for all sectors. The reverse will apply to Jamaican operators.

The countries have had a bilateral Open Skies agreement covering direct services in force since 2008.

According to the ch-aviation capacity module and FlightRadar24 ADS-B data, the carriers currently operating scheduled cargo services between the US and Jamaica are ABX Air (operating for Caribbean Airlines), Amerijet International, IBC Airways, Mountain Air Cargo (operating for FedEx Express) which are all connecting Miami Int'l and Kingston Norman Manley.

Several other Carribean countries have already signed similar agreements with the US, including Barbados, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.