Influx Of Visitors Pushes Expansion Of Sangster International Airport

Mr. Daryl Vaz, the Transport and Mining Minister, has expressed satisfaction with the ongoing efforts to expand Sangster International Airport located in Montego Bay, the Western of the island.

The Minister’s positive outlook comes against the backdrop of an anticipated increase in the flow of traffic for the upcoming winter tourist season.

He said the expansion of the facility will allow for a smoother flow of traffic and minimize the wait time.

“With the winter tourist season coming on December 15, it is obviously a priority to make sure that we minimize the wait time for both departing and incoming passengers, especially our returning residents for Christmas, and, of course, our tourist industry,” Vaz said.

He further explained that there will be greater access and convenience for people and vehicular traffic.

“I am satisfied with the plans in relation to MBJ, how they are going to roll out the expansion of the airport itself in terms of additional square footage in critical areas, and of course access to the airport from the major thoroughfare, which is also very important, which will allow for free flow, both in terms of vehicular traffic and human passenger traffic.”

Additionally, he said, “We are expecting a record of five million passengers at MBJ for this year, which is absolutely fantastic in terms of the economic value to the country, but at the same time we must remember that this is the first point and the first impression of incoming passengers and outgoing passengers, and we must make it an enjoyable experience.” the minister continued.

The Minister further noted, “We are fully aware of peak season and what it brings with it in terms of increased traffic, but we must meet industry standards in terms of the processing time, and that goes from arrival, when you are departing the aircraft, to when you are entering your vehicle on the curb-side.”

The Sangster International Airport is expected to welcome a record five million visitors this December.

The expansion includes parking facilities, installation of service kiosks biometric machines, and wider roadways among, other amenities.

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