KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday June 6, 2019 – Minister of Transport and
Mining Robert Montague says the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay
is now the fastest growing facility of its kind in the region.
“We saw a six per cent growth over 2017 and are
projecting a three per cent growth in 2019,” the Minister told the House of
Representatives on Tuesday.
Citing improvement works, he noted that the airport’s Ticketing Hall has been renovated and is now open, a new shopping area and food court are to be developed, and plans are far advanced to increase the size of the Immigration and Customs Hall.
“The installation of 30 ticketing kiosks in the
Ticketing Hall, the most in any airport in the Caribbean, is enhancing the
departure experience. We intend to place kiosks in select hotels,” Montague
In addition, he noted that installation of more
than 50 immigration kiosks by the Passport Immigration Citizenship Agency
(PICA) has helped to reduce waiting times.
“An expanded security checkpoint area, extended
runways and installing of a Runway End Safety Area (RESA) at both ends of the
runway, will increase safety,” the Transport Minister said.
Meanwhile, Montague told the House that divestment of Norman Manley International Airport is “fully on track” for the operators to assume control in October of this year.