[Jamaica] Full restoration of airspace in two days - Henry

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[Jamaica] Full restoration of airspace in two days - Henry

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[Jamaica] Full restoration of airspace in two days, says Henry
15 September 2017

Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry is assuring Jamaicans that access to and from the island’s airspace will be back to normal within two days.

According to Henry, the technical team, comprising members of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, AEROTEL, Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association and Airport Authority of Jamaica, has committed to restoring the full capacity of the system.

Henry, backed by a number of technocrats from the various departments that deal with air travel, was speaking at a press conference on Thursday at the Ministry of Transport and Mining offices on Maxfield Avenue.

The island’s airspace was shut down completely after lightning damaged the radar communications system of the JCAA at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Early work had allowed limited airspace access to the island, with scheduled flight being able to take off and land. However, aircraft using the island’s airspace to other destinations are still being affected, which is what should be back to normal within the next 48 hours.

Henry also disclosed that the relevant technical workers are in the process of ensuring that there is a backup system should there be a similar occurrence in the future.

Henry said, “the NMIA Tower is now complete and will have in it a total backup system for the ATC Centre. The Sangster International Airport Tower will be completed by the end of this year and will also have back up system for the Kingston Centre.

“The Kingston Centre will also have a complete backup system at Winchester Road. This is for the first time at last,” he added.

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