The Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston is now certified as an aerodrome operator.
Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague officially handed over the document, signifying that the facility has met the required international safety and security standards for aerodrome operations, during a ceremony on Tuesday, October 8, at the Ministry’s office in Kingston.
He said that the achievement is a “big deal” and praised NMIA Chief Operations Officer, Dale Davis, and his team, for ensuring that the certification was attained after “many years of trying”.
“NMIA exceeded the standards in many of the areas that they were tested on.”— Montague
“The aerodrome operating certificate process… at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is not an easy one. It is a process of international standards, and from what I’m hearing, NMIA exceeded the standards in many of the areas that they were tested on,” Montague said.
“Today is a day of celebration. It’s a big deal to be certified as an aerodrome operator. We have been pulling all the punches and when I became Minister … I told the NMIA chairman and president that this is one of the boxes that we have to check,” he added.
Montague noted that the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, is already certified, while the certification process for Ian Fleming International Airport in St. Mary is well advanced.