Mexican airport group Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) has commenced operations at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica.

After Sangster Airport in Jamaica’s Montego Bay, this is the second GAP-operated airport outside of Mexico.

Under the contract, which was signed in October 2018, GAP took 12 months to take over the 25-year concession.

During the first 36 months, GAP will invest $60m in expansion and upgrade works at the airport.

The group also has plans to enhance the infrastructure and equipment of the two Jamaican airports.

GAP director general Raúl Revuelta said: “To compete for the operation of Norman Manley Airport represents a strategic decision that will contribute towards GAP’s positioning and it will strengthen the development and growth of Jamaica’s main airports.”

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The Mexican group operates 12 international airports in Mexico and two in Jamaica. It services more than 330 destinations through 35 airlines.

Last year, the airport managed 44.9 million passengers, and 1.4 million between January and September this year.

GAP is operating Jamaica’s Montego Bay Airport under a 30-year concession, which will be active until April 2033.

The GAP-managed airports in Mexico are owned by the Mexican Government. They have a 50-year concession in place and were awarded as part of the government’s plans to privatise and improve the country’s airport quality and security.