Sun | Nov 28, 2021

Sad state of NMIA airport

Published:Friday | November 20, 2020 | 12:07 AM


I write to highlight some concerns regarding the aesthetic of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).

I believe most Jamaicans know who Norman Washington Manley was. He is one of Jamaica’s national heroes, founder of the People’s National Party, and was elected the party’s president until his retirement in 1969, among many other things.

I am a regular traveller and pass through a lot of airports all over the world, including NMIA, so I have a very good idea of what a well-kept airport should look like. I was really taken aback when I saw how much unchecked overgrown vegetation was around, the faded paint on the building as a result of poor maintenance, in some areas the lighting was very poor; maybe energy was being conserved. But what about security?

These factors can affect the overall appearance, and how potential travellers view an airport. Whoever the operators of the airport are, I don’t think you should have a stain upon Norman Manley’s honour. I beg the Government to do something about it and not be a bystander.