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Air traffic controllers stop working again over poor equipment

Published:Monday | January 25, 2016 | 5:25 PM
An advisory sent to international aviation authorities says no air traffic services will be provided in Kingston from 11 o'clock tonight to 7 o'clock tomorrow morning because of industrial action.

Local authorities are now scrambling to secure Jamaica's air space as most traffic controllers are not working.

President of the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association, Kurt Solomon, says more than half of the approximately 115 members are at work but cannot perform their duties as they are experiencing problems with various equipment. 

Solomon, insisting that his members are not protesting or taking industrial action, said they are refusing to use equipment that do not conform to international standards. 

But an advisory sent to international aviation authorities says no air traffic services will be provided in Kingston from 11 o'clock tonight to 7 o'clock tomorrow morning because of industrial action.

 

President of the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association, Kurt Solomon

Meanwhile, Solomon says this latest issue over equipment was triggered by an incident. 

However, he has refused to disclose that incident, directing questions to the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority. 

Calls to the director general of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Nari Singh have gone unanswered. 

Last year, the air traffic controllers and the aviation authority had a major public spat over allegations that the air space was being managed by poor equipment.