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Jamaica's airspace closed due to strike by air traffic controllers

Jamaica's airspace has been temporarily closed due to the strike by air traffic controllers.
 
A release from the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) said due to limited staffing available to work at the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre, it suspended air traffic services as of 10 o'clock.
 
A a result, flights have been cancelled at Norman Manley International Airport as well as Sangster International Airport.
 
Robert Morgan, Minister with responsibility for Information, had earlier told Radio Jamaica News that the Air Traffic Controllers took industrial action over concerns about job reclassification.
 
Radio Jamaica News also reported 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.
 
According to reports, 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.
 
An emergency has been called involving the President of the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association Kurt Solomon and the ministers of transport and finance.
 
 


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