Sangster International Airport re-opens today; NMIA to resume operations tomorrow

Air travel to Jamaica is expected to resume today as Sangster International, Ian Fleming, and three domestic aerodromes re-open following the passage of Hurricane Beryl.

The airports and aerodromes were all closed on July 2, in anticipation of the hurricane, with the understanding that a damage assessment would be conducted post-hurricane.

Transport Minister Daryl Vaz says based on that post storm assessment, the Norman Manley International (NMIA) in Kingston will remain closed until Friday morning.

The airport sustained damage to sections of the roof of the passenger pier, resulting in debris being scattered on the airport apron.

Today’s closure will allow the implementation of corrective and interim make-shift measures.

The runway, terminal and other facilities are in order to enable re-opening of the airport.

Meantime, the Sangster International Airport has not sustained any major damage to prevent its operation, hence the airport will be re-opened this afternoon at 6 PM.

Mr. Vaz says the Ian Fleming International Airport and the three domestic aerodromes – Tinson Pen, Negril and Ken Jones – have been inspected and despite minor damage to structures in some parts of these facilities, the runways and terminals are fine and for operation.

Therefore, these facilities re-opened at 7 this morning, based on the time stated in the notice to air missions, notam that was issued for the closure notice.

Passengers and stakeholders in the travel and tourism industry are advised to stay tuned to announcements by the respective airports and their airlines regarding the recommencement of operations and flights.


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