Regulation of Airports

The Airports (Economic Regulation) Act 2002 establishes the framework for the economic regulation of Jamaica’s major (scheduled) airports.

The Authority has the mandate to:

  • regulate airport charges,
  • manage public interest issues, including anti-competitive behaviour, &
  • ensure accounting transparency.


Airport operators must submit an application for a Permission to Levy Charges to the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.

The Airports (Economic Regulation) (Charges and Fees) Notice, 2003 provides details of the requirements for the application including the form which should be submitted to:

Director General

Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority

4 Winchester Road

Kingston 10


Applicants must pay the prescribed application fee.

When the Authority grants a Permission to Levy Charges, it gives effect to its decisions by attaching mandatory and discretionary conditions to the Permission.

Permission holders must routinely provide the Authority with their annual accounts, schedule of airport charges and any changes to the information in the original application.

Once a Permission to Levy Charges has been granted, the holder must pay charges to meet the cost of airport regulation. These charges will be reviewed annually in consultation with Permission holders.


The Authority seeks to regulate airports in a manner best suited to:

  • promote their efficient, economic and profitable operation,
  • create an enabling environment for potential airport investors,
  • encourage investment in new facilities to meet user demand,
  • ensure that Jamaica’s airports are operated at standards which accord with best industry practice and international requirements