Jamaica’s third international airport was officially opened on Jan. 12, 2011 by Prime Minister Bruce Golding. The Ian Fleming International Airport, located just five miles from Ocho Rios, has undergone a series of developments to accommodate the arrival of private international aircraft as large as the Dash-8.
Speaking at the official opening of the facility, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett noted: “We are tremendously encouraged about the growth prospects for the island’s tourism. With the Golden Eye expansion project underway, coupled with other scheduled enhanced services, we are confident that this will positively impact a number of our resort areas, including Ocho Rios and Port Antonio. It is our hope that this new facility will boost the visibility of the area and enhance its brand recognition.”
“The opening of Jamaica’s third international airport is a positive step in our continued efforts to enhance our tourism infrastructure and sustain our position as a leading tourism destination,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch. “This new facility will also allow for an influx of visitors who desire to explore and experience the undiscovered eastern part of the island, especially Port Antonio.”
The Ian Fleming International Airport is located in proximity to more than 5,700 rooms comprising hotels, guest houses and villas in St. Ann, and another 692 rooms in St. Mary. The airport will allow for easy, efficient and timely processing of small aircraft and passengers. Features of the facility include a passenger lounge, pilot briefing room, customs and immigration clearance, and other specialized services for private flights.