Jamaica is seeing a great increase in
visitors this winter accompanied by increased airlift from major U.S. markets.
This includes increased airlift on
carriers such as Delta Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines as well as
newcomers to the market, including Spirit Airlines.
The airlift, which accounts for
70% of the island’s tourist arrivals from the U.S., has motivated expansions of
Jamaica’s airports in both Montego Bay and Kingston.
Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay
A new wing was recently unveiled at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport
which also features a modernized and extended Arrivals and Customs Halls.
Expansions of the baggage claim facilities and the Ground Transportation Hall are
also completed as well as a new Immigration Hall and renovations of several gates.
New food and retail concessions have also been added.
“Our tourism product is being constantly upgraded and in less than two years, the
international airport in Montego Bay will be unveiled as a first-class international
gateway to the world,” stated Paul Pennicook, Director of Tourism for the Jamaica
These expansions and renovations of both, will improve the facilities to cope with
the increased volume of travelers Mr. Pennicook added.
Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston
Major expansions of the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, which began
last summer, will improve the passenger facilities and services. A redeveloped
ticketing area will accommodate 54 check-in desks to support the increased number of
airlines and promote efficiency. A significantly improved area will also be
available for Passport Control and Security Check. VIP and airline lounges will
also be in place as well as a new Departure Lounge with retails offerings and
facilities to comfortably accommodate passengers. The existing Arrivals and
Departures pier will be redeveloped to provide a two-level structure to accommodate
the separation of arriving and departing passengers. A 30,000 square foot warehouse
is also being converted to a new car park and common waiting areas.