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Jamaica's airspace to reopen fully today

Published:Tuesday | September 12, 2017 | 9:24 AM

Information minister Ruel Reid has advised that 24-hour service will resume within Jamaica’s airspace today.

 He gave the update via a Twitter post last evening.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) had said air traffic in Jamaica's airspace would only be allowed between 7 o'clock in the mornings and 7 o'clock in the evenings, following Friday’s lightning storm which damaged equipment at the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre.

The lightning strike destroyed the voice control switch that monitors the air to ground voice communications as well as the air traffic management computer systems.

The JCAA said a backup system was being used to provide limited services while repairs remain underway.

Transport Minister, Mike Henry, has said he will be looking into measures to prevent another lightning strike shutting down the country’s airspace.

Henry said strategies being explored include installing lightning arresters at the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre

A lightning arrester is a device used to protect telecommunications systems from being damaged by lightning.

 

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