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Infrastructure | AVIATION

Establish an Aerospace College at Vernamfield similar to the Caribbean Maritime Institute

In progress

Source: Jamaica Labour Party Manifesto pg.28 February 18, 2016

Thursday September 6, 2018 | Jamaica Observer

Vernamfield development project to begin October

Dubbed the 'Aerotropolis Vernamfield', the project involves the development of lands that previously housed an army base, an aerodrome to provide international air cargo and logistics services, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services and an aeronautical training school.

Henry further noted that this first phase of the project will also see the start of general aviation activities, such as hands-on flight training; initial MRO activities; crop dusting; and the establishment of hangers to accommodate aeronautical activities, which would be transferred from the Tinson Pen Aerodrome to Vernamfield.

The minister said $300 million has been set aside to carry out the initial activities, which also include erecting fences and gates, primary electrical connection and distribution, and runway testing and rehabilitation. “We will also move to clean up the area of 60 acres to begin to look at the aerospace college and the MRO,” he said.