President’s End of Year Message 2019

The reflective nature of the Holiday Season; the close of a remarkable decade and year, and the symbolism of the fast approaching New Year have provided me the perfect opportunity to pause and recognize our achievements as an organization, while embracing the future with even greater expectations. The year 2019 can be characterized as one, when it all happened, a year of major accomplishments and change! Firstly, the two scheduled gateways Sangster International Airport (SIA) and Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) completed their second regulatory quinquennial aeronautical rate review, following the first review which was done in 2015 for a 12-year period. Secondly, after several false starts at obtaining airport certification in safety and security for NMIA, since this requirement… Read More

Schools’ Art Project 2018

AAJ SCHOOLS’ ART PROJECT 2018 GUIDELINES: PURPOSE: The AAJ SCHOOLS’ ART PROJECT was established to reward, showcase and celebrate the creativity of Jamaican youngsters. The competition is fully sponsored and organized by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ). There are numerous benefits to be derived from exposing students to the visual arts. They learn to develop creative and flexible forms of thinking and acquire mental habits that they are not taught in other classes including envisioning, innovating and reflecting. They are able to stimulate and release their imagination by envisioning a world that is different from the world they know. They are open to creating new worlds. Students that produce art for public spaces feel more connected to the community… Read More

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico wins bid for Norman Manley International Airport Public Private Partnership

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B De C.V. (GAP), a Mexican company with 50-year concessions to operate, maintain and develop twelve international airports in the Pacific and Central regions of Mexico, has emerged the provisional Preferred Bidder for the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) Public Private Partnership. The decision follows the evaluation process and subsequent approval by Cabinet on September 3, 2018 after public opening of three bid submissions received at the offices of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) on July 20, 2018. In addition to the bid from GAP, two bids were received from Consortia which comprised foreign and local investors. Commenting on the success of the privatisation process to date, Mr. Paul B. Scott, Chairman of the Enterprise… Read More

Norman Manley International Airport Public-Private Partnership Invitation for Prequalification

Norman Manley International Airport Public-Private Partnership Invitation for Prequalification – EXTENDED MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND MINING The Government of Jamaica (the “GOJ”), through the Ministry of Transport and Mining is seeking a private sector operator with proven experience in the airport sector to operate, finance, develop and maintain the Norman Manley International Airport (“NMIA”) under a long term concession agreement (the “Project”). International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), a member of the World Bank Group, has been appointed by the GOJ as lead advisor on the structuring and implementation of the Project. The Development Bank of Jamaica (“DBJ”), the GOJ’s Privatization Agency and PPP Unit are co-advisors and Secretariat for the transaction. The GOJ, IFC and DBJ are launching this invitation for… Read More

Christmas Tourist Arrivals Hit Record High

Jamaica registered record stopover arrivals during the Christmas season, with history-making numbers of 60,886 tourists visiting the island between December 22 and 28. During the same period last year, the country welcomed 52,000 visitors. The latest numbers mark an 11.2 per cent increase over 2015, putting the country on track for significant growth in the sector, says Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. In line with the growth, revenue is up nine per cent over 2015, from January to November, with stopover earnings at US$2.13 billion, 5.8 per cent over last year, and cruise shipping at US$132.7 million, 12.7 per cent over the same period. “Gross earning is US$2.3 billion, or 6.2 per cent, firmly on track to surpass all previous records,… Read More

The President’s New Year Message

Happy New Year and warmest greetings as we begin 2017! The past year, 2016, has been another challenging but successful year for the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) and NMIA Airports Ltd (NMIAL). Many would highlight that the preceding year, 2015, could be considered a “dream year” for the organization, filled with major developments and achievements such as: The smooth transition of organizational leadership (President and CEO) in March 2015; Visits by major heads of states, led by the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, in April 2015; Strong traffic growth of 7% for fiscal year 2014/15 from a cumulative decline of 15% over the previous 4 years; Phenomenal improvement in Airports Council International (ACI) – Airport… Read More

KINGSTON, Jamaica — New York Times has designated Kingston as one of the top 52 Best Places to Go in 2017

24. (on the list) Kingston, Jamaica The capital of Jamaica furthers its case as cultural destination, not just a stopover to the beach. Stay at the Courtyard by Marriott, Kingston’s first new hotel in over a decade, or the SoHo-style Spanish Court Hotel, which has added a second pool, and will open its Montego Bay branch in the summer. Eat like an Olympic legend at Usain Bolt’s restaurant Tracks & Records, or get all things jerk at the latest hot spot Chateau 7 Gourmet Jerk Centre. Take in old-school reggae at the One World Ska and Rocksteady Music Festival,launched this November; at the newly opened Peter Tosh Museum, honoring the former Wailer; or at one of the dub music parties… Read More