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Norman Manley International Airport , formerly Palisadoes Airport, is an airport serving Kingstonmarker in Jamaicamarker. As well as Sangster International Airportmarker, it is a hub of Air Jamaica. It was named in honour of Norman Washington Manley. There are over 130 international flights a week that depart from Norman Manley International Airport. Norman Manley International Airport: Development Programme


Existing Terminal Renovation

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, 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 should be complete by 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 – to be completed by 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

Phase 1A commenced planning in 2004 and is scheduled to be 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.

Nine passenger loading bridges at the new finger (pier).

Upgraded roadway system and expanded public car parkMajor rehabilitation of the existing departures concourse and related underground services infrastructureMajor rehabilitation and upgrading of the terminal arrivals area, including immigration hall, customs hall, arrivals arcade, arrivals duty free shops and officesReplacement and upgrading of airport systems – public address, access control, flight information, baggage information, security control and other airport IT systemsCargo warehouse complex (the first phase of this complex, called the NMIA cargo and logistics centre, was completed in 2005)

Phase 1B

Phase 1B is scheduled for the period 2008–2012 and will cost approximately $23m. Works under this phase will include:

Further upgrading of existing buildingsConstruction of a new arrivals areaInstallation of new baggage handling facilitiesRelocation of the General Aviation Centre, the fire station and other support facilitiesAirside works including the expansion of aircraft parking standsExtension of the cargo and maintenance taxiway

Phase 2

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

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines serve Norman Manley International Airport:


The following Cargo/Courier serve Norman Manley International Airport:

Accidents and incidents


  1. Airport Technology - Norman Manley International Airport (KIN/MKJP), Kingston, Jamaica

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