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Development Strategy

Government Policy

• Development and Modernization of Jamaica’s two international Airports.

• Privatization of the Airports

- in keeping with international trends and the need to attract private capital to finance the required levels of expansion and development at the international airports; to cope with projected growth in aircraft and passenger traffic. Privatisation commenced with the Sangster International Airport; critical for Jamaica’s tourism infrastructure.

• Self-financing commercial enterprises

The international airports are organized and managed as self- financing commercial enterprises.

• New Economic Regulatory Framework

A critical requirement of the privatization process was the need to establish the requisite legislative framework to facilitate operation of the airports by a private company. The Airport (Economic Regulation) Act, 2002 provides for the economic regulation of the international airports by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority; which is responsible for the setting of aeronautical charges under the Act.

Section 6(1) Airport (Economic Regulation) Act, 2002 makes provision for the introduction of an Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) which was implemented on 2003 February 15. The proceeds from the Fee are being placed in a separate Airport Expansion Fund specially designated for each airport. Disbursements will only be made to finance capital improvement projects at the respective airport, as approved by the Minister of Government responsible for these matters.

The Airport (Economic Regulation) Act, 2002
• Scheduled Airports - SIA & NMIA

The Norman Manley International Airport and the Sangster International Airport have been declared scheduled airports and are subject to economic regulation by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.

• Permission to Levy Airport Charges
• Approved Airport Operator

The international airports are currently operated under a concession agreement with Airports Authority of Jamaica as follows:

  •  NMIA Airports Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AAJ, operator of the Norman Manley International Airport, located in the nation’s capital city of Kingston.
  • MBJ Airports Limited operates the Sangster International Airport located in Montego Bay.

Sangster International Airport

• Departure Tax Fund
• Sangster International Air Terminal Ltd.
• Capital Development Programme
• 1998 Cabinet Decision
• Privatisation with Concession Agreement

The privatization of Sangster International was completed on April 12, 2003 when the private operator (MBJ Airports Limited) took over the operation of the airport from AAJ.

Link to section under AAJ’s Our Business re
“The airport has been privatized to a consortium of investors ...”

Norman Manley International Airport:

• Formation of NMIA Airports Limited
• Concession Agreement
• Master Plan & Capital Development Programme
Master Plan completed 2003 October.
Capital Development Programme commenced in 2004.
• Privatization Pending




Sangster International Airport


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The three-phase Capital Development Programme at Sangster commenced during the 1999/2000 financial year to complete a significant portion of the Phase 1A works, prior to the handover to the new operator in April 2003.  The new operator, MBJ Airports Limited, achieved practical completion of Phase 1A construction in December 2003. This final stage resulted in the installation of six (6) passenger boarding bridges at the existing terminal building. 

Phase 1A: April 2003 – March 2004 COMPLETED
Phase 1B: January 2004 – December 2005 COMPLETED
Phase 2: January 2006 – July 2008 WORK IN PROGRESS
Phase 1A: April 2003 – March 2004  
Installation of public address, security control system and six passenger boarding bridges
Temporary Ground Transportation Hall
Additional baggage carousels, larger baggage claim area
Phase 1B: January 2004 – December 2005    
New Eastern Concourse (16,500m2), reflecting a distinct  “Jamaican Sense of Place”, with additional restaurants and duty free shops.
Additional incoming and outgoing Immigration positions
New Flight and Baggage Information and Building Automation Systems
Tarmac capacity increased to 22 Aircraft and 17 jet bridges
Ability to accommodate B747 aircraft simultaneously on 5 passenger boarding bridges
Peak arriving and departing passengers per hour increased to 4,200
Airport Terminal capacity has doubled with completion of Phase 1B
Phase 2: January 2006 – July 2008  
New and expanded Customs Hall and arrivals building

opening – end of January 2007
Improved car park and roadways and new covered commercial pick-up area
Redevelopment of existing terminal facility
New Private/Corporate Jet Centre (Opened in December 2006)
            Five-star, Jamaican style 4,500 ft2 mini Terminal at eastern
            end of the Airport. Dedicated Immigration and Customs services.
            Entrance/Exit road separate from main Terminal building.


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The 3 domestic aerodromes and Ian Fleming International Airport are critical to Jamaica\'s air transportation system. Their proximity to major resorts makes them especially important in the intra-island movement of tourists, leisure and business passengers, as well as light cargo around the island.

The 3 domestic aerodromes are:

  • Tinson Pen                            Situated in the capital city of Kingston
  • Ken Jones                             10 km west of Port Antonio
  • Negril                                    7 km north of Negril Point.

The Ian Fleming International Airport (formerly Boscobel Aerodrome) is a facility that now supports domestic as well as international aviation.




The largest of the country\'s 3 domestic aerodrome, Kingston’s Tinson Pen is adjacent to the Kingston Free Zone, the largest trans-shipment port in the English-speaking Caribbean.

As a vital commercial link between Kingston and Montego Bay, this aerodrome caters mainly to business travellers and offers a variety of small parcel services.  Daily flights to the resort cities of Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio are available.  Tinson Pen also facilitates non-scheduled and private aircrafts, flight training schools and aircraft maintenance.


  • Runway designation 14-32
  • Length 4,300 x 100’, asphalt – good condition
  • Fuelling station – 100LL
  • Night flight operations

Ken Jones Aerodrome

Just ten kilometres west of Port Antonio, the Ken Jones Aerodrome, serves the tourist resorts in the Northeast section of Jamaica as well as local travel market. The aerodrome has a single runway, and a terminal building with a passenger-waiting lounge and seating for 24-30 persons.


  • Runway designation 9-27
  • Length 3,425 x 90’; asphalt – good condition
  • Fuelling facilities not available
  • Night flight operations not available


Negril Aerodrome

Situated just 7 kilometres north of Negril Point this aerodrome serves primarily the tourist resorts located in the western end of the country.

The extension of the runway at Negril Aerodrome (to create a 150-metre safety area) was completed in late 2005.  This extension has significantly improved the level of service and operational safety at the aerodrome.


  • Runway designation  5-23
  • Length 2,200 x 60’; asphalt – good condition
  • Fuelling facilities not available
  • Night flight operations not available  

Ian Fleming Int\'l Airport

This facility is located approximately 10 km west of the resort town of the tourist resort of Ocho Rios, in northern Jamaica.


  • Runway designation:  9-27
  • Length: 4,769 x 79’; asphalt – Excellent condition
  • Fueling facilities: AVgas and Jet A1 Fuel farm
  • Lights Runway Lights, APAPI
  • Operating Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Customs / Immigration on site

  • Website : http://ianflemingintlairport.aero/