Government considering an airport in Manchester

 Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague
Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague

Government is now eyeing the possibility of constructing an airport in Mandeville, Manchester.

“I have given instructions to the Airports Authority to look at Mandeville because Mandeville is an area that is underserved by aviation,” Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague said on Tuesday during the presentation ceremony of an Aerodrome Operator Certificate to Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) at the ministry’s office in Kingston.

“Mandeville is an area that is underserved by aviation.”

— Montague

“And interestingly one of the places I’ve asked them to look at and they look at me like I’m crazy, is to look at the mud lake. The mud lake that is not being used, and it’s perfect for an airport if it is drying out.”

Already, the minister said that the necessary tests are being done.

A section of the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
A section of the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

After nearly a decade of trying, the NMIA on October 4 earned the certification, which now signifies that it has met and has exceeded the required international standards for safety and security

The certificate was officially handed over to the airport by the minister during Tuesday’s celebratory ceremony.

Montague described the certification as a tremendous achievement and congratulated the team at the airport who had worked tirelessly to ensure that the airport was certified.