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Air traffic controllers strike

Robert Morgan, Minister with responsibility for Information
 
Air traffic controllers are on strike.
 
This was confirmed a short while ago by Minister with responsibility for Information Robert Morgan.
 
According to Mr. Morgan, the workers are concerned about a reclassification exercise. 
 
He said the Ministry of Finance as well as the Minister of Transport are involved and are to call a meeting "very shortly to see how quickly we can resolve the issue".
 
The minister was quick to highlight that Jamaica's airspace is not closed. 
 
"The controls are being manned by senior management of the Civil Aviation Authority so flights continue in and out of the country, but we want to resolve this matter as soon as possible," he said. 
 
Radio Jamaica News reported earlier this morning that the island's airspace was closed Wednesday night as the air traffic controllers scaled back service to protest operational breaches at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA).
 
According to reports reaching Radio Jamaica News, the air traffic controllers were informed by the JCAA's management that the radar system used to man the airspace is faulty and could malfunction.
 
It's reported that since Wednesday, the workers decided to stop carrying out radar services, leaving management personnel to carry out those duties.
 
The JCAA president confirmed that the group served an ultimatum on the JCAA to address the deficiencies with the equipment.
 
 


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