Director General's Message
Welcome to the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority’s website! The outlook for the global aviation industry continues host favourable prospects which will seek to propel economies forward. Aviation is indeed at one of its most exciting times in modern history and it beckons for dynamic individuals to reap the full benefits of being involved in this sector.
As an Agency of the Ministry of Transport and Works and a Member State of ICAO the JCAA will continue to ensure that it creates the environment to foster this growth. We are grateful to our Ministry for the support they have given us and the various policies and programmes they have put in place to ensure that a suitable environment is maintained to promote growth.
Jamaica has recently adopted an open skies policy, joining a large number of States which has since made this necessary transition. Operating under a liberalised policy promotes efficiency and also supports the sustainability of the aviation industry. It should be noted that under an open skies policy there is the possibility of increased competition which will seek to benefit both carriers and passengers. The benefit to carriers operating in a highly competitive environment is that they will become more efficient and there is also the opportunity for further technological advancement.
Passengers on the other hand gain significantly in a competitive market; not only do they benefit from lower fares but they also benefit from various promotional blitz offered by carriers. The transportation of cargo also reaps significant gains under a open skies policy as increased competition also results in lower cargo fees.
It is evident that Jamaica is committed to the development of the aviation industry. The JCAA will therefore continue to ensure that Jamaica’s air space is kept safe and secure for all as we act as the catalyst for growth.
Once again welcome!
Lt Col Derby
Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority