Jamaica Set To Get Its Fourth International Airport

Jamaica’s Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says his government is seriously contemplating adding another airport to the transportation infrastructure in the country.

This move would bring the number of airports in Jamaica to four.

The Prime Minister said his government intends to pursue Vernamfield in Clarendon as a viable option for a new international airport.

Mr. Holness said despite the infrastructure upgrade at the island’s three international airports; there’s a strong argument to be made for a modern facility to be built from scratch.

“As we look to the future, it is inevitable that Jamaica may have to build from scratch a modern airport. We are trying with these three (Norman Manley International, Sangster International, and Ian Fleming International Airports) …always renovating and changing…and that will have to be, as they are all established airports,” he said.

“But when we think about things such as climate change…the possibilities of establishing maintenance, repairs, and operations of aircrafts…when we think about the possibility of training pilots and maintenance crew for aircrafts…the possibility of having cargo and other logistics, inevitably Jamaica will have to build another airport and we have been discussing this for some time with Vernamfield as a cargo facility,” the Prime Minister added.

He noted that the Government would have to make that investment for strategic reasons.

“Though its long term, it is still on the agenda of the Government. Inevitably and eventually, we will have to have a fourth international airport,” Mr. Holness emphasized.

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