Jamaica is considering developing a fourth International airport in the country, according to Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
The country’s government intends to pursue the Vernamfield Aerodrome as a fit for a potential international airport.
Vernamfield is located Clarendon on the southern coast of the island, about 90 kilometers from Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport.
It was formerly a World War II-era US Air Force base. It has been closed since 1949.
It’s currently owned by the Airports Authority of Jamaica.
“Though its long term, it is still on the agenda of the Government. Inevitably and eventually, we will have to have a fourth international airport,” Holness said this week.
As it stands, Jamaica has three international airports: Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport, Norman Manley and Ian Fleming International Airport near Ocho Rios.
Ian Fleming airport recently got a significant boost with the announcement of the planned launch of American Airlines’ first-ever flights to the airport in November.
“As we look to the future, it is inevitable that Jamaica may have to build from scratch a modern airport,” Holness said.