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Gov't plans multibillion-dollar upgrade for airport communication and navigation systems

Published:Saturday | November 19, 2016 | 11:25 AM

The Government is taking steps to upgrade and enhance the country’s communications, navigation and surveillance systems, which are responsible for the delivery of safe and efficient air traffic management in and around the island.

Transport Minister, Mike Henry, says the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority is undertaking the $4.92 billion upgrading project.

Henry says the project is expected to be completed by October next year.

The work will include the manufacturing and installation of a new state-of-the-art air traffic management system, new L-Band primary and Mode-S radar technology as well as the installation of a voice communication and control system.

Henry’s remarks were delivered by Chairman of the JCAA, Phillip Henriques, at the opening of a new Air Traffic Tower at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Thursday.

He informed that the JCAA has already undertaken several measures to improve air-navigation services, citing the installation of a new instrument landing system at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

He noted that the system will be commissioned sometime next month, following the successful pre-commissioning quality assurance inspection.