Sir Donald Sangster International Airport (IATA: MBJ, ICAO: MKJS) known as Montego Bay International Airport is an international
airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It is one of the largest and busiest airports in the Caribbean. Sangster is often referred to as the gateway to the
Caribbean. It serves as the most popular airport for tourists visiting the north coast of Jamaica. MBJ is currently
the busier of Jamaica's two main airports, the other being Norman Manley International Airport located in the capital
city of Kingston.
The Sir Donald Sangster International Airport or Sangster International Airport for short, in Montego Bay, St. James,
has made significant strides over the years taking it to heights comparable with any international airport globally.
However, the development of the airport did not happen overnight, but was first conceived in 1936 when the site now
housing the Sangster International Airport was identified as one suitable for the construction of an airport in the
town of Montego Bay. Originally named the Montego Bay Airport, a decision was made to build the runway in 1940, and
the actual construction of the facility was completed on February 18, 1947. At the time of its completion, the town
of Montego Bay was more like a playground for the rich and famous, and was considered then, one of the premier vacation
spots within the Caribbean, just as it is today.
As of 2000, plans have been executed to expand the airport to the status of a world class airport. A new concourse was
completed in December 2005 to allow large commercial aircraft such as the Airbus A340, Boeing 747-400 and possibly the
Airbus A380. A new customs hall, arrivals lobby, and transportation center was commissioned in March
of 2007. Since then further expansion and renovation projects such as the relocation of the immigrations hall and duty free
mall has been launched and it is expected to be completed by July 2008. When complete the facility will be one of the
most modern airports in the Caribbean.