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MBJ to host airport summit, now a certified trainer

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2016 | 4:00 AM

MBJ Airports, the operator of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, will play host to the World Economics Committee of the Airports Council International (ACI) later this month.

The summit, scheduled for April

27-29, will focus on the economics of airport management, financing opportunities, state taxation, privatisation, air transport competition and traffic development, among other matters critical to the industry, said MBJ.

MBJ Airports Limited has operated in Jamaica for 13 years, the last one under the ownership of Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP) when it acquired the majority stake held by Abertis.

MBJ says it will also be hosting the 32nd training seminar of the Developing Nations Airport Assistance Programme on aviation statistics from April 25-26. MBJ has been designated a certified training centre for 2016 by ACI, which organises the Developing Nations Airport Assistance programme.

The seminar will incorporate participants from Latin America and the Caribbean and cover topics such as airport and air carrier statistics, measuring air transport demand, key performance indicators and traffic forecasting and seasonality.

"We are particularly happy to share these courses and experiences with our colleagues from the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, the Airports Authority of Jamaica, and other airport operators from across Latin America and the Caribbean," said MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne in a statement.

MBJ will host other training sessions throughout the year, scheduled to be executed from April to October, focusing on Global Safety Network certification courses. They will be delivered on-site at Sangster International.

MBJ Airports is owned 74.5 per cent by GAP of Mexico and 25.5 per cent by the Vantage Airport Group of Canada. Its 30-year concession agreement with the Jamaican government began in 2003.

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