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JUTA gets extension from Norman Manley Airport to settle multimillion-dollar debt

Published:Friday | September 19, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Karlene Brown, Assistant News Editor - Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Members of the Jamaica Union of Travellers Association (JUTA) are back on the job at the Norman Manley International Airport this afternoon.

Earlier today the taxi operators threatened to block the airport road after they were told to leave the premises.

JUTA reportedly owes the airport $28 million.

President of JUTA's Kingston chapter, Noel Williams says the association has been in discussions with the airport to pay over the debt.

However, Williams says an arrangement fell through six weeks ago and shortly after, the taxi operators were given a month to leave the airport.

That expired today at noon.

According to Williams the association has written to the Transport Minister, Dr Omar Davies to intervene in the matter.

Despite this, he says several security officers told the operators to leave the airport this afternoon.

However, they refused to leave, demanding more time to settle the multimillion-dollar debt.

The association’s president said the taxi operators were willing to take protest action if the extension was not granted.

However, the planned roadblock was averted after the association was told they could continue operating from the airport.

Williams says the management of the airport has agreed to meet with them Monday to discuss a way forward.

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