Gov't discussing outsourcing of operations at Ian Fleming AirportTuesday, July 09, 2019
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government is exploring the possibility of outsourcing the management of some operations at the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St Mary.
Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague said that discussions are being held with representatives of an international organisation to “take over aspects of the operations”.
Montague was speaking during the recent launch of domestic flight services at the Ian Fleming Airport by local aviation company, Jam Airlink Express.
He said that outsourcing is being pursued with a view to maximising the airport's commercial viability, adding that the organisation, with which the talks are being held, has credentials in airport management.
The entity operates the airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands, which records an average 30 jet arrivals daily, with 78 landed on Christmas Eve in 2018, Montague said.
While noting that Ian Fleming's flight activity does not rival those statistics, Montague said the requisite interventions will be made because “we want to [increase] the numbers”.
Meanwhile, he said that work is to begin during the current fiscal year to construct a new police post at the airport.
“The Minister of National Security [Dr Horace Chang] has committed to get that project going… because we want to [among other things] develop this airport into a community airport,” Montague said.
Domestic flights resumed on Monday (July 8) at Ian Fleming Airport with the commencement of daily service by Jam Airlink Express.