New Jet Handling Facility Opens in Montego Bay


The city of Montego Bay now boasts a new high end jet handling facility, owned and operated by International Aircraft Management (IAM) Group of Companies, headquartered in Barbados. The facility, which was constructed at a cost of some US$2 million, has been in operation since December 15 last year, but was not officially opened until March 1. It is located at the eastern end of the Sangster International Airport runway.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IAM, Paul Worrell, pointed out at the opening that the group was formed in 1989, and had planned on developing and bringing a jet handling facility to Montego Bay for some time.
“Jamaica has a tremendous premium traveller high end tourism potential, and it ties directly into the business we are in, which is private and business aviation,” he said.
“We have a simple notion, that for passengers and guests who are coming to Jamaica to stay at premium resorts, and travelling on luxurious aircraft, the very sensible thing would be to have an equally elegant experience transiting through the airport, and that centres around everything we try to do here,” added. The facility offers dedicated customs, health and immigration clearance services.
Mr. Worrel praised the level of professionalism and enthusiasm with which his company was assisted and accommodated in Jamaica, adding that his company looked forward to bringing many high end visitors to the country.
Minister of Housing, Transport, Water and Works, Robert Pickersgill, who was on hand to cut the ribbon to officially open the facility, expressed pleasure that the facility was in place in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.
“It is really a distinct pleasure to see that yet another facility that will promote Jamaica, and in particular Montego Bay, as a tourism destination, is coming on stream. We really welcome the centre,” he said.
The Minster emphasized that the establishment of the facility was an indication of the confidence IAM had in Jamaica.
Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Noel Donaldson, congratulated the IAM team for fulfilling its dream, describing the facility as “a welcome addition to the landscape of the city of Montego Bay, the tourism capital of Jamaica”.

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