New air traffic control tower for Ian Fleming AirportWednesday, June 06, 2018
A new air traffic control tower is to be constructed at Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St Mary.
This was disclosed by Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague during his recent contribution to the 2018/2019 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.
Montague said discussions are at an early stage, and that it forms part of the plan by the Airports Authority of Jamaica to expand and develop the airport with a view to attracting new business to the country.
“The studies and the drawings are in train, and we will have to go through the necessary regulatory approvals,” he said.
“We are expanding the terminal building and we are increasing the marketing because we want to have not only private aircraft landing there, but also scheduled commercial flights. We are currently in discussion to have three established aircraft with scheduled flights into Ian Fleming once the work has been completed,” Montague said.
He argued that general aviation has to be expanded in Jamaica to create more opportunities and to bring more earnings to the country, adding that the airport, which has, to date, only handled private aircraft, will accommodate a combination of private and commercial carriers.
Ground was recently broken for the expansion of the terminal building and the runway, which will facilitate aircraft such as the R100, which carries up to 90 passengers, and others of similar size.
The commercial airlines are expected to bring passengers from new gateways to the island.