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April 2003 marked the beginning of a new era in the development and progress of the airport. This period saw the Government of Jamaica granting MBJ Airports Limited a 30-year concession agreement to operate and manage Sangster International Airport.
The consortium of companies that formed MBJ Airports Limited at the time of privatisation: YVR Airport Services (Canada), Agunsa (Chile), Ashtrom (Israel) and Dragados (Spain).
MBJ Airports limited’s mandate when the concessionary agreement was signed was to demonstrate leadership in implementing safe, friendly, clean, efficient and profitable programs to develop and operate Montego Bay’s airport in a manner which reflects Jamaican culture and philosophy. To date, the company has lived true to this mandate.
Shares in MBJ Airports Limited were transferred to two key principals:
DESARROLLO de CONCESIONES AEROPORTUARIAS, S.L., (DCA) is a holding company, which operates airports through its subsidiaries. DCA has 74.5% of MBJ’s shareholding and is 100% owned and controlled by Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V or "GAP". GAP operates 12 airports in the Pacific region of Mexico, which includes:
GAP is traded on the Mexican and New York stock Exchanges.
VANTAGE AIRPORT GROUP (formerly, Vancouver Airport Services [YVRAS]) — Manages and develops a global network of airports. Vantage Airport Group is ranked among the world’s premier airport operators and provides a full range of management and investment services to their clients. Vantage Airport Group’s shareholding in MBJ is valued at 25.5%.
The phased expansion and redevelopment of SIA’s retail programme commenced in March 2020 with the US$12 million construction of 2,700sq m of newly built retail space, including a 12m high Rotunda double-height space, with a floor to ceiling curtain wall. The works also include the renovation of over 4,000sq m of space to create 15 retail units.
The expansion provides an increase in passenger circulation and orientation areas while the increased terminal space will primarily accommodate the relocation of the primary food & beverage offer. Dufry will operate the main duty free concession offering liquor, tobacco, fragrances and cosmetics and other core items. Additionally, they will expand their commercial offer with the introduction of our well-known concepts such as the Hudson convenience and Tech On The Go specialty shops.
The most exciting addition, is Bob Marley’s, a “one-of-a-kind” Jamaican restaurant. The new brand draws inspiration from Jamaica’s vibrant culture, food, music and spirit of generosity.
Visit our photo gallery for renderings of our new retail development.
Phase 1A (COMPLETED March 2004)
Phase 1B (COMPLETED December 2005)
Phase 2 (COMPLETED February 2009)
Overall results of construction upgrades: