JCAA Continues to Provide Limited Air Traffic Services to Facilitate Some Flights

by September 12th, 2017

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority JCAA is continuing to provide limited air traffic services to facilitate incoming and outbound flights within Jamaica’s flight information region.

Senior Director of Commercial Development and Planning at the Airports Authority of Jamaica, Alfred McDonald told IRIE FM News this morning that flight services will be provided between 7:00 A.M. and 11:00 P.M.

Lightning from thunderstorms on Friday afternoon resulted in a total shutdown of Jamaica’s airspace.

The j-c-a-a suspended service at the Norman Manley International Airport after limited air traffic services were restored on Saturday.

A release from the JCAA yesterday stated that progress is being made with restoration efforts and the authority has activated its contingency team.

The team is currently operating from a temporary air traffic control facility that was recently installed under the Air Traffic Modernisation Programme as a redundancy feature of the new Thales Air Traffic Management system.

Under the programme, Jamaica is advanced in the project to implement a new state-of-the-art air traffic management environment, which is poised to enhance the safety and efficiency of Jamaica’s air transport sector.

The release says at the point of the lightning strike, the JCAA’s air traffic controllers were undergoing system training on the new facilities and equipment, as a critical component of the ANS modernisation project.

The lightning strike damaged the Air Traffic Management Message Handling System (AMHS), which is the established link for flight planning and disseminating notices to airmen.

As a result, and in keeping with established cooperative arrangements, the JCAA requested assistance from the Dominican Republic to disseminate the applicable notices to airmen.

The AMHS has since been restored.