1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Establishment of Airports Authority of Jamaica

   4   Power of Minister to amend First Schedule

   5   Capital of Authority

   6   Payment of dividend

   7   Transfer of property

   8   Functions of Authority

   9   Ministerial directions

   10   General duties of Authority

   11   Long range development plans to be approved by Minister

   12   Borrowing powers

   13   Advances and guarantee of borrowings

   14   Repayment of, and interest on, advances and sums issued to meet guarantee

   15   Securities

   16   Reserve fund

   17   Power to invest moneys

   18   Accounts and audit

   19   Annual report.

   20   General Manager, secretary and other staff

   21   Power to delegate

   22   Regulations

   23   [Deleted by Act 28 of 2003 s 2.]

   24   Power of the Minister to reassign functions of Authority




[Date of Commencement: 31st July, 1974]

36 of 1974,
3 of 1983,
20 of 1996,
20 of 1997,
28 of 2003.


1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Airports Authority Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "an apron" means a defined area in an airport intended to accommodate aircraft for purposes of loading or unloading passengers or cargo, refuelling, parking, or maintenance of such aircraft;

   "the Authority" means the Airports Authority of Jamaica established in accordance with this Act;

   "the Board" means the Board of Directors of the Authority constituted in accordance with this Act;

   "the chairman" means the chairman of the Board;

   "debenture" includes debenture stock;

   "director" means a director of the Authority;

   "financial year" means the period of twelve months beginning on the first day of January in any year;

   "functions" includes powers and duties;

   "Minister" means-

[LN 60/1988.]

   (a)   as regards any provisions of this Act relating to the security of airports, the Minister responsible for national security; or

   (b)   as regards all other provisions of this Act, the Minister responsible for civil aviation;

   "navigation services" includes information, directions and other facilities furnished, issued or provided for the purpose of or in connection with the navigation or movement of aircraft and also the control or movement of vehicles in any part of an airport used for the movement of aircraft other than an apron;

   "the prescribed airports" means the airports for the time being prescribed in the First Schedule;

   "secretary" means the secretary of the Authority.

3   Establishment of the Airports Authority of Jamaica

   (1) There is hereby established a body to be called the Airports Authority of Jamaica, which shall be a body corporate to which the provisions of section 28 of the Interpretation Act shall apply.

   (2) The provisions of the Second Schedule shall have effect with respect to the constitution and operation of the Authority and otherwise in relation thereto.

4   Power of the Minister to amend First Schedule

   The Minister may, by order, amend the First Schedule, and any such order may also prescribe the boundaries of any airport.

5   Capital of Authority

   (1) The authorised capital of the Authority shall be thirty million dollars divided into thirty thousand ordinary shares of the par value of one thousand dollars each.

   (2) The Authority may from time to time with the approval of the Minister vary the amount of the authorised capital of the Authority.

   (3) The Government may subscribe for the said thirty thousand ordinary shares or such other amount as the Minister may from time to time determine at par.

6   Payment of dividend

   The Authority shall not pay any dividend on its shares until all its capitalised assets not represented by tangible assets (including preliminary expenses and organisation expenses) have been completely written off.

7   Transfer of Property

   (1) Subject to paragraph (b) of subsection (2), the Minister may, by order, transfer to the Authority any property belonging to the Government which appears to him to be necessary or useful to the Authority for carrying out its functions under this Act, and such property shall vest in the Authority by virtue of the order and without further assurance.

   (2) An order under subsection (1)-

   (a)   may contain such incidental, consequential or supplemental provisions as the Minister thinks necessary or expedient for the purposes of the order,

   (b)   shall not include any rights or liabilities which are necessary or expedient to secure the Minister's compliance with or efficient administration of the Civil Aviation Act or which are specified in any certificate issued by the Minister to the Authority as being reserved to the Minister; and

   (c)   shall be subject to affirmative resolution of the House of Representatives.

8   Functions of the Authority

   (1) It shall be the duty of the Authority-

   (a)   to administer, control and manage prescribed airports and any other property vested in it under this Act;

   (b)   to provide and maintain such services and facilities as are in its opinion necessary or desirable for the efficient operation of prescribed airports or as the Minister may require but, except with the consent of the Minister, the Authority shall not provide any navigation service;

   (c)   provide rescue and firefighting equipment and services at prescribed airports.

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