300 workers lose jobs at Kingston airport

Approximately 300 employees at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) will be made redundant on Wednesday to facilitate takeover operations by PAC Kingston Airport Limited.

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

It is understood that some of the workers will be offered positions with the new entity, which is a subsidiary of Mexican firm, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP).

This is part of the privatisation of the NMIA, with the Government of Jamaica, last year, signing a 25-year concession agreement with PAC Kingston, which already operated the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

During the period, GAP will be responsible for improving the operations at the NMIA, and the entity is also expected to complete a modernisation programme at an estimated cost of US$110 million.

The Government will receive a percentage of the profit.