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Emerging ganja industry driving demand for revival of local aviation - Montague

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 1:07 PM
In this December 17, 2018 photo the CEO of Medical ganja trader Epican, Karibe Mckenzie, inspects a ganja plant, code named Girl Scout Cookie, at the company's warehouse in Mavis Bank, St Andrew.

Minister of Transport Robert Montague says opportunities in the emerging medical ganja industry in Jamaica have created an urgent need for a revival of local aviation on the island.

"We now have hundreds of overseas applications applying for licences to grow cannabis. So we believe that has created a space for us to move into improving the existing airstrips, which this [Sangster International Airport] is one, and also to improve the others that serve locally,” Montague told local aviation stakeholders at a meeting in Montego Bay, St James on Friday.

He said this is why the Government is moving ahead with urgency to re-establish general aviation in the country.

The transport minister explained that there were over 52 local airstrips in Jamaica, but that number has now decreased to just eight in recent years.

In the meantime, Montague disclosed that the government was in the final stages of negotiation with two companies, to facilitate the reintroduction of domestic flights within Jamaica.

“At least one will start before Reggae Sumfest [2019] because we are trying to fit it within the product, so… we need to give our people options,” he said.

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