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Norman Manley International Airport

Coordinates: 17°56′08″N 076°47′15″W / 17.93556°N 76.78750°W / 17.93556; -76.78750
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Norman Manley
International Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorGrupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico
ServesKingston, Jamaica
Hub forCaribbean Airlines
Elevation AMSL10 ft / 3 m
Coordinates17°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 (2023)
Total passengers1,748,100
Source: DAFIF,[1][2] Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico[3]

Norman Manley International Airport (IATA: KIN, ICAO: MKJP), formerly Palisadoes Airport, is an international airport serving Kingston, Jamaica, and is located south of the island 19 km (12 mi) away from the centre of New Kingston. It is the second busiest airport in the country after Sangster International Airport, recording 629,400 arriving passengers in 2020 and 830,500 in 2021. Over 130 international flights a week depart from Norman Manley International Airport.[4] Named in honour of Jamaican statesman Norman Manley, it is a hub for Caribbean Airlines. It is located on the Palisadoes tombolo in outer Kingston Harbour; it fronts the city on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other.


Jamaica has long had a vibrant civil aviation industry, with the first flight reported in the island on 21 December 1911. This was 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 American World Airways), landed in Kingston Harbour.

The year 1934 was also another historic period for the nation's aviation industry when Dr. Albert Ernest Forsythe and C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson (the fathers of African American aviation) arrived in Jamaica from Cuba. This was the first time a land plane arrived at 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, Palisadoes Airport (now Norman Manley International) and Montego Bay Airport (now Sangster International) were established.

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

From October 1968, it was the hub for Jamaica's flag carrier, Air Jamaica, until that airline ceased operations during 2015.


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 lifts, 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) for the 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 enables the separation of arriving and departing passengers, as required by security regulations, was included.

Other items in this phase included:

  • 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 cost approximately $23M. Works under this phase included:

  • Further upgrading of existing buildings
  • Construction of a new arrivals area
  • Installation of new baggage handling facilities
  • Movement 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, commenced in 2013 and is to 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]


Aerogaviota Havana, Santiago de Cuba
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
Air Canada Rouge Toronto–Pearson
American Airlines Miami
Arajet Santo Domingo–Las Américas
British Airways London–Gatwick
Caicos Express Airways Providenciales[9]
Caribbean Airlines Antigua, Barbados, Nassau, New York–JFK, Port of Spain, St. Maarten, Toronto–Pearson
Cayman Airways Grand Cayman
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Flair Airlines Toronto–Pearson[citation needed]
InterCaribbean Airways Barbados,[10] Havana, Montego Bay, Providenciales, Santiago de Cuba
JetBlue Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK
Sky High Charter: Santo Domingo–Las Américas
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
WestJet Toronto–Pearson[11]


Amerijet International Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo-Las Américas
Caribbean Airlines
operated by ABX Air
FedEx Express Montego Bay
IBC Airways Miami
Mountain Air Cargo Miami
Sunrise Airways Port-au-Prince
Destinations map
Destinations from Norman Manley International Airport
Red = Year-round destination
Green = Seasonal destination
Black = Cargo destination
Orange = Passenger & cargo destination


Annual passenger traffic at KIN airport. See Wikidata query.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Airport information for MKJP". World Aero Data. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link) Data current as of October 2006. Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for KIN at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "Traffic Report" (PDF). Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. January 2024. Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  4. ^ a b "Norman Manley International Airport: Development Programme". Archived from the original on 25 September 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2007.
  5. ^ "Norman Manley Airport to double boarding bridges – ThyssenKrupp to get $149M contract". Jamaica Gleaner. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2007.
  6. ^ "New NMIA Departure Facility has Significantly Improved Travel Experience – Minister Henry". Ministry of Transport & Works KINGSTON (JIS). 23 October 2008.
  7. ^ Airport Technology – Norman Manley International Airport (KIN/MKJP), Kingston, Jamaica
  8. ^ "New Passenger Facilities Unveiled at NW Manley Airport". Office of the Prime Minister. 6 July 2007.
  9. ^ "Caicos Express Airways Adds Kingston Service From mid-June 2023". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 21 June 2023.
  10. ^ https://barbadostoday.bb/2024/01/05/intercaribbean-announces-upcoming-launch-of-non-stop-flights-between-bridgetown-and-kingston
  11. ^ "Swoop / WestJet NW23 Service Integrations – 30JUL23". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 31 July 2023.
  12. ^ "Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar VP-JBC Kingston Airport (KIN)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  13. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  14. ^ "Norman Manley Airport Resumes Operations". Government of Jamaica. Retrieved 23 December 2009.

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