Bond lives on at rebranded Jamaica airport

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Jamaica tomorrow (Wednesday) will open its second “new” airport in as many months, at the same time paying homage to a novelist who boosted the tourist nation’s cachet.

Ian Fleming international airport, formerly known as Boscobel Aerodrome, lies several kilometres from Goldeneye, where Fleming wrote all 14 of his James Bond books, according to Fleming’s web site.

The photo below shows the airport and Bond beach area to the east, near Fleming’s retreat.

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The airport, with single 1,500m (5,000ft) runway, had been in operation for 30 years before a renovations began in 2009. The facility has been open unofficially since May, hosting singer Jimmy Buffet as its first international arrival.

In December, a new private turf runway general aviation airport, exclusively for the use of guests at the Jakes hotel, opened for business as well.

Jamaica’s minister for information, telecommunications and special projects, Daryl Vaz, says the new name “will significantly enhance the marketing of the airport and the area to the international aviation community and, therefore should prove to be a ‘value-added’ asset.”

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