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Transport Ministry says industrial action by air traffic controllers contributed to revenue loss

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2016 | 4:00 AM

The transport ministry says industrial action by air traffic controllers contributed to the reduction in revenue earned from the utilisation of Jamaica’s airspace in February.

Yesterday the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers' Association said the country may have lost close to US$1 million because of reduced traffic in the country's airspace in recent weeks.

It said the reduced air traffic and loss of income were due to the constant malfunctioning of the equipment used to control air traffic.

However, transport minister, Mike Henry says he has been advised that the almost 50 per cent reduction in revenue in February, was due to a number of factors including industrial action by the air traffic controllers

He said the industrial action forced the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority to implement Flow Control Procedures.

However, Henry says reports reaching him suggest that the situation has improved significantly and revenues are almost back to normal.

Meanwhile, Henry is seeking to assure that the country’s airspace is safe following reports aircraft operators are avoiding Jamaica’s airspace because of faulty operational equipment being used by air traffic controllers.

He says the Government is moving swiftly to replace obsolete equipment over a 21 month period.

Henry says he is in the process of initiating discussions with the Ministry Of Finance regarding outstanding compensation to air traffic controllers.