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Civil Aviation Authority responds to Air Traffic Controllers concerns

Published:Thursday | August 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The management of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) has responded to claims about the safety of Jamaica’s airspace made by the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association (JATCA) during a recent press conference yesterday.

The association had said several pieces of critical equipment were not functioning properly and that this has caused delays and some airlines to stop coming to Jamaica.

In a release yesterday evening the JCAA said the need to ensure that its systems remain operational and safe for the travelling public is of paramount importance.

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It says as part of this effort, it has embarked on a phased implementation of the upgrade, replacement and modernisation of the critical equipment and communications, navigation and surveillance systems upon which the air navigation services infrastructure is built.

The JCAA says the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association is aware this process for replacing the equipment is advanced.

Meanwhile, in relation to the current industrial relations challenges, the JCAA explains that as a statutory body, and portfolio agency of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, it must adhere to the established policies and procedures prescribed by the Government of Jamaica.

The JCAA says its management reviewed the wage claim submitted by the Association and responded with an offer that was within the parameters established by the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

The management of the JCAA says it anticipates the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association’s participation in the negotiation process.