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The Country

Almost at the centre of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica lies 150 kilometres (90 miles) south of Cuba and 160 kilometres (100 miles) west of Haiti, the two nearest countries. It is located between 77 to 79 western geographic longitude and 18 northern geographic latitude. The closest point to Jamaica in South America is Cartagena in Colombia, a distance of 710 kilometres (445 miles) almost due south. The latitude and longitude of the capital, Kingston, are about 7647' W and 1801' N.

Jamaica is the largest of the English Speaking West Indian islands. It has an area of 10,991 square kilometres (4,244 square miles), more than twice the area of Trinidad, which is next in size, and measures 243 kilometres (146 miles) from east to west. Its greatest width is 80 kilometres (51 miles), from St. Ann's Bay to Portland Point. The distance from Kingston to the nearest point on the north coast, Annotto Bay, is 36 kilometres (22 miles).

National History:

Summary Narrative History


Timeline - Key Dates in Jamaica History

Further National Information:
Yahoo Jamaica page

Columbus World Travel Guide - Caribbean - Jamaica


Civil Aircraft Registrations:
The registration prefix 'VP-J' was used from 1930 to 1964; eg:VP-J-AAA to VP-J-ZZZ.

The registration prefix '6Y-' is used from 1964 to present, eg:6Y-AAA to 6Y-ZZZ

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms:
Air Force (
Air Wing of the Defence Force)

Central Government Agencies:
None at present

Public Service Aviation:
None at present

Commercial Aviation:
Air Jamaica

Private Aviation:
None at present


Aircraft Manufacturers:
None at present


Airports, Airfields and Air Bases:
Civil Airports and Airfields-
Green Island (IATA code: GNI)
Kingston: Norman Manley IAP (IATA code: KIN)
Kingston: Tinson (IATA code: KTP)
Montego Bay: Donald Sangster IAP (IATA code: MBJ)
Mandevlle (IATA code: MVJ)
Negril (IATA code: NEG)
Ocho Rios (IATA code: OCJ)
Port Antonio (IATA code: POT)
Military Air Bases and Airfields-
Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums:
None at present


Aviation-Related Magazines:
None at present

Aviation Bibliography:

Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)

Armed Forces of Latin America (Adrian English)

World Air Forces Directory (Ian Carroll)

Military Balance (IISS)

Air Power Journal 32, p.154

Web Links:
Jamaica Defence Force

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First Created: 23 April 2002  - Last Revised: 1 June 2008
Copyright © 2002 Erich Klaus.     e-mail: erich.klaus@a1.net