Norman Manley International Airport

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Norman Manley
International Airport
Norman Manley International Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator NMIA Airports Limited
Serves Kingston, Jamaica
Location Palisadoes
Hub for Caribbean Airlines
Fly Jamaica Airways
Elevation AMSL 10 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 17°56′08″N 076°47′15″W / 17.93556°N 76.78750°W / 17.93556; -76.78750Coordinates: 17°56′08″N 076°47′15″W / 17.93556°N 76.78750°W / 17.93556; -76.78750
MKJP is located in Jamaica
Location in Jamaica
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 8,911 2,716 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 1,502,973
Aircraft operations
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Norman Manley International Airport (IATA: KINICAO: MKJP), formerly Palisadoes Airport, is an international airport serving Kingston, Jamaica and is located south of the Island 19 km away from the center of New Kingston, it is the second busiest airport in the country after Sangster International Airport recording 1,502,973 arriving passengers in 2015. It is a hub for Caribbean Airlines and Fly Jamaica Airways. In 2011 the cash-strapped Jamaican airline Air Jamaica was taken over by the Trinidad carrier Caribbean Airlines but Jamaica has 16% of the shares and the airline retained the former routes used,[3] and the airport was named in honour of Jamaican statesman Norman Manley. There are over 130 international flights a week that depart from Norman Manley International Airport.[4] The airport is located on the Palisadoes tombolo in outer Kingston Harbour; it fronts the city on one side and the Caribbean Sea.


Jamaica has always had a vibrant civil aviation industry with the first flight reported in the island on 21 December 1911. This is eight years after the world recorded its first powered flight by the Wright Brothers. Nineteen years later, on 3 December 1930, the first commercial flight, a Consolidated Commodore twin-engine flying boat operated by Pan American Airways (which eventually became Pan Am), landed in the Kingston Harbour.

The year 1934 was also another historic period for the nation's aviation industry when Dr. Albert Forsythe and Charles C. Anderson (the godfathers of African American aviation) arrived in Jamaica from Cuba. This was the first time a land plane was arriving in the island by air.

The significant growth in the aviation sector led to the establishment of the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) in 1947. One year later, in 1948, the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre (KATCC) was established. In the same year the Palisadoes Airport (now Norman Manley International) and the Montego Bay Airport now Sangster International Airport were established.

The airport was featured in the first James Bond movie, Dr. No (1962).


Existing terminal renovation[edit]

The contract relating to additions and alterations to the departure concourse has been awarded to Kier Construction Limited and is valued at $161.5M. The work will include construction of a new canopy, north of the existing check-in concourse and departure lounge; construction of an additional drop-off pavement area and provision for access by wheelchair passengers; new elevators, electrical air conditioning, public address, fire detection and fire fighting services; and alterations to the existing check-in concourse and mezzanine level to include a new security post and postal agency.

The architect / engineer for the designs are Llewelyn Davies, Jabobs Consultancy & Leading Edge Aviation Planning Professionals Limited (LEAPP), in conjunction with Peter Jervis and Associates Limited and Grace Ashley and Associates.


The project seeks to increase the airport's capacity to cater for projected air and passenger traffic at an acceptable level of service to the year 2023. The project is part of a 20-year masterplan which will be implemented in three phases (1A, 1B and 2) and will cost about $130M. By 2022 it will have involved a virtual reconstruction of the entire airport.

The first phase of construction and renovation was completed in 2007. Construction started in June 2006; the intention is for the first phase – which is supposed to make the airport an IATA category C airport – was completed in 2007. The European Investment Bank is providing $40M (2006) project and the Caribbean Development Bank has approved a loan of $11m (June 2006) for the new project.

Phase 1A[edit]

Phase 1A commenced planning in 2004 and was completed in 2007, at an estimated cost of $80M (ground-breaking took place in September 2006). This phase comprises a new departures building at the eastern end of the present terminal to accommodate expansion to the present departure concourse, security screening station with space to accommodate explosives detection equipment, out-going immigration, retail concessions and departure lounge.

Additionally a new multi-level passenger finger (pier) that will enable the separation of arriving and departing passengers, as required by security regulations, will be included.

Other items in this phase include:

  • Nine passenger loading bridges at the new finger (pier).[5]
  • Upgraded roadway system and expanded public car park
  • Major rehabilitation of the existing departures concourse and related underground services infrastructure
  • Major rehabilitation and upgrading of the terminal arrivals area, including immigration hall, customs hall, arrivals arcade, arrivals duty-free shops and offices
  • Replacement and upgrading of airport systems – public address, access control, flight information, baggage information, security control and other airport IT systems
  • Cargo warehouse complex (the first phase of this complex, called the NMIA cargo and logistics centre, was completed in 2005)[6]

Phase 1B[edit]

Phase 1B was completed in 2010 and costed approximately $23M. Works under this phase will include:

  • Further upgrading of existing buildings
  • Construction of a new arrivals area
  • Installation of new baggage handling facilities
  • Relocation of the General Aviation Centre, the fire station and other support facilities
  • Airside works including the expansion of aircraft parking stands
  • Extension of the cargo and maintenance taxiway

Phase 2[edit]

Phase 2, which is the final phase of the project, is to commence in 2013 and end in 2022. This phase will involve additional improvement and maintenance works to the terminal, landside, airfield and support areas of the facility at a cost of $9M [4] [7] [8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Rouge Toronto–Pearson
American Airlines Miami
British Airways London–Gatwick
Caribbean Airlines Antigua, Fort Lauderdale, Montego Bay, Nassau, New York–JFK, Orlando, Port of Spain, Sint Maarten, Toronto–Pearson
Cayman Airways Grand Cayman
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: New York–JFK
Fly Jamaica Airways Georgetown–Cheddi Jagan, New York–JFK, Toronto–Pearson
Insel Air Curaçao
InterCaribbean Airways Montego Bay, Port-au-Prince, Providenciales
JetBlue Airways Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK
Spirit Airlines Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale
WestJet Toronto–Pearson


Airlines Destinations
Caribbean Airlines
operated by ABX Air
Amerijet International Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo-Las Américas
Copa Airlines Panama City
FedEx Express Montego Bay
IBC Airways Miami
Mountain Air Cargo Miami
Sunrise Airways Port-au-Prince

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