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Established in 1974 under the Airports Authority Act as an independent statutory body, with initial responsibility (ownership and management) for the nation’s two international airports; namely Norman Manley International Airport and Sangster International Airport.
Airports Authority of Jamaica provides oversight and contract administration for the concession agreement which is in place with each Airport Operator; MBJ Airports Limited and NMIA Airports Limited. As a part of its responsibility, AAJ continues with the operation and management of the four domestic aerodromes.
In addition, AAJ undertakes the long-term planning and development of Jamaica’s airport system and continues to be at the fore of Jamaica’s air transportation policy development.
Under the Agreement the approved Airport Operator is responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations of the respective Airport in keeping with specific performance criteria and prescribed international standards. Regular performance reviews and other contract administration oversight functions are conducted by AAJ, as specified under the concession agreement. In addition, an Airport Forum is held biannually to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to provide progress reports and to address pertinent issues.
Under the agreement with the international consortium, MBJ Airports Limited, AAJ retains ownership of the non-movable assets of the Airport, owned prior to privatization, and will manage the concession agreement to ensure that the private operator performs its contractual obligations.
The private operator pays a concession fee to AAJ and at the end of the contract will transfer the Airport’s assets acquired during the period of the concession to AAJ.
*Source: Airports Authority website