The runway at the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St Mary, is to be expanded to accommodate larger planes.
“The Ian Fleming expansion will open up new opportunities for a different type of aircraft to come in. The big superjets that fly into the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay cannot fly into Ian Fleming, but the Lear jets and the ATR types are good fits that can be accommodated,” Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, said.
Speaking at the Island Routes Caribbean Adventures Certified Partner Conference 2016 at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on Wednesday, Bartlett pointed out that the expansion will also open up opportunities for villas and small hotel operators in Ocho Rios, St Mary and Port Antonio who can now use the connectivity access as a major marketing tool.
The airport was originally a limited service facility that processed about 20,000 passengers annually. Renovations began in early 2009 and the total cost of construction was $300 million. It welcomed its first international flight on May 7, 2010.