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Jamaica's air navigational services more efficient, reliable with new control towers - JCAA

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 1:57 PM
Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority Nari Williams-Singh (left) and Prime Minister Andrew Holness tour the new air traffic control tower in April.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) says air navigational services within the island's airspace are far more efficient and reliable now with two new state-of-the-art control towers at the two international airports.

JCAA Director General Nari Williams-Singh says the second of the two new air traffic control towers at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James is to be fully operational by January.

He says parallel transition is about to commence after which operations will be transferred fully to the new tower.

The first tower at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston is already operational.

The two towers were constructed at a cost of $2.57 billion.

According to Williams-Singh, Jamaica’s air navigation service delivery has been significantly boosted with the construction of the two towers, which forms part of the Government’s comprehensive $4.92 billion modernisation programme for the JCAA.

“The towers will greatly enhance the reliability and efficiency of our air navigation system, in addition to enhancing the work environment for the air traffic controllers,” he said.

The JCAA provides air navigation services for an estimated 178 flights which traverse Jamaica’s airspace daily.