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Aviation Authority to give update on airspace situation today

Published:Thursday | September 14, 2017 | 12:39 PMJerome Reynolds

The management of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) has called a press conference for this afternoon to update Jamaicans on the country’s airspace.

The briefing is scheduled to begin at 2 o’clock.

The authorities have been offering limited air service since Friday after a lightning strike damaged the country’s radar and communication systems resulting in a shutdown of the island’s airspace.

A backup system is being used while repairs are done.

Yesterday, JCAA Chairman, Phillip Henriques, told reporters at a post-Cabinet press briefing that the aim is to be able to facilitate normal service by today.


JCAA Chairman Phillip Henriques

Henriques said the JCAA has made rearrangements, brought in contingency teams and is pulling in different crews to maintain the airspace.

He noted that the inclement weather over the weekend further delayed the process of repairing the communication system.

Meanwhile, Aviation Advisor to the Minister of Transport and Mining, Leroy Lindsay, said all protocols were followed after the lightning strike.