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Traffic restrictions, increased aerial activity for Obama visit

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2015 | 7:04 PM
US military aircraft at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston today.

The public is being advised to anticipate road closures and significant traffic restriction and re-directions between Tuesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 9, 2015 for the visit of United States president Barack Obama and regional heads of State.

The president will arrive on April 8 for a full day of work on April 9 before his departure to Panama.

The affected areas are the New Kingston Business District and environs, Liguanea, Mona, areas close to Cross Roads and Central Kingston, as well as other areas to be notified upon further determination.

Full details of these road restrictions and traffic changes will be published in the press over the coming days.

The public is also being advised that there will be increased aerial activity involving various types of military aircraft in and around the Kingston Metropolitan Area between Saturday, April 4 and Friday, April 10, 2015, as part of the planned visit of several Heads of State and Government and their delegations to Jamaica.

Members of the public should not be alarmed at this increased activity, which will be coordinated and monitored by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.

If there  are any concerns regarding the activities of these aircraft, members of the public are asked to call the JDF Joint Information and Operations Centre at 960-8776.

Owners and operators of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Remotely-Piloted Aerial Systems are also being reminded of the need to coordinate the use of these aircraft with the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority before operation, in order to avoid the aerial hazard they may pose.