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Major plans in place to improve Jamaica’s air traffic control system

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2015 | 6:24 PM
Nari Williams-Singh says new equipment will be in place when the new air traffic control towers are up and running at the Norman Manley and the Donald Sangster international airports.

Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) Nari Williams-Singh says major plans are in place to upgrade the country’s air traffic control system and the training of employees.

The announcement comes months after members of the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association drew attention to what they say are the outdated radio and radar systems they are being forced to work with.

President of the association Kurt Solomon revealed, during a press conference in August, that frequent system failures has caused some airlines to avoid using Jamaican airspace while others have reduced or discontinued flights over the island.

However, according to Williams-Singh, the new equipment will be in place when the new air traffic control towers are up and running at the Norman Manley and the Donald Sangster international airports.

He says work on both towers has been completed and they should be commissioned into service by year-end.