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Sangster International Airport is located within and serves a vibrant community. It is also one of the first points of welcome for people visiting Jamaica. The airport's operation can negatively or positively affect the neighboring communities. As such, MBJ Airports Limited (MBJ) strives to openly communicate with the surrounding communities by developing and implementing community relations programmes along with maintaining a relationship with the Montego Bay Marine Park Trust and by conducting environmental education programmes in High schools and Primary/All-age schools.
We have been involved with the Whitehouse Community for a number of years, and we believe the community has to be viable for the airport to be as well.
Here are some highlights!
Firefighter's Day With our Emergency Response Services Department (ERS).
Students of the Victory Whitehouse Basic School and Flankers Primary and Junior High visited the firehall between 10am and noon to celebrate with the ERS Team along with being informed and educated on the various ERS roles while getting a first-hand view of their working environment.
MBJ donates $3Million worth of Equipment to Hospital
MBJ Airports Limited donated 10 hospital beds and infusion pumps to Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) to expand the number of patients the facility can accommodate. Senior Medical Officer at the CRH, Dr. Derek Harvey, welcomed the donation, noting that the beds are needed and came at the ideal time.
The community of White House borders the northeast boundary of the Sangster International airport. It is a low-income community with significant dependence on tourism and fishing. Since 2019 MBJ Airports Limited has been working closely with the community with the intention of providing support that would enhance its socio-economic profile.
One critical benefit derived from our relationship with the community has been the informal arrangement between our ERS team and the skilled fishermen in the community who form a critical pillar of our Emergency Response Plan in the event of a marine incident.
Change for Children
Over the past three years, MBJ has focused resource assistance on the Whitehouse community, via structural improvements to its Early Childhood Centre - Victory Whitehouse Early Childhood Centre. Through its Change for Children initiative, MBJ continued to positively impact the community within which it operates in the past year. Works completed by MBJ which was integral for the re-opening of the school during the COVID-pandemic includes:
MBJ's support to the early childhood center has reaped the following benefits:
Donations to Flanker All Age School
The community of Flankers is in close proximity to Sangster International airport. Similar to the Whitehouse community, it is a low-income community with significant dependence on tourism with a large amount of staff residing in the community. MBJ Airports Limited has been working with the community on an Adhoc basis with the most recent support being the contribution of a printer.
A coloured printer with supplies was donated to the Flanker All-Age School which is located in close proximity to the airport.
Team Sangster 5K Run/Walk Bahamas Relief Fundraiser
The inaugural Team Sangster 5K Run/Walk hosted by MBJ Airports Limited, operator of the Sangster International Airport (SIA), raised USD 19,000 for charity on Saturday, November 30, 2019. The chip-timed race, coordinated by Running Events Jamaica, took over 500 participants on a little-known part of the airport that provides unhindered views of the apron, then out to the Elegant Corridor and back. The initiative will see USD 15,000 donated to hurricane relief for The Abaco Islands in the Bahamas and USD 4,000 towards upgrades at the Victory Whitehouse Early Childhood Centre, an MBJ community outreach project.
Patrons were treated to an exciting post-run programme, which included the announcement of the winner for the airport’s Talent Showcase competition and complimentary breakfast catered by airport partners, Express Catering, GCG Catering and VIP Attractions. The 5K run/walk was staged in partnership with Airports Authority of Jamaica; Hospiten; GCG Ground Services; Dufry; Club Mobay; Avis; Bhavela Jamaica; Communicase; Global Exchange; Interspace – Clear Channel; MBJ Concessionaires’ Association; and Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).
The 5K also launched the airport’s Safety Week, a series of events from December 2 – 7, to educate stakeholders and the public on MBJ Airport Limited’s commitment to a culture of safety at the airport.
Kent Avenue Beach - Saturday, September 21, 2019.
Earth Day, April 22, 2009 – MBJ in collaboration with the Montego Bay Marine Park (MBMP), Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Sandals hotel and some schools conducted a beach clean-up and tree planting exercise at the Fisherman's beach, River Bay Road, Montego Bay
Bethel Primary and Junior High, Hopewell, Hanover