Gov’t: Multi­bil­lion-dol­lar up­grade for air­port sys­tems

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE GOV­ERN­MENT is tak­ing steps to up­grade and en­hance the coun­try’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions, nav­i­ga­tion, and sur­veil­lance sys­tems, which are re­spon­si­ble for the de­liv­ery of safe and ef­fi­cient air-traf­fic man­age­ment in and around the is­land.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Mike Henry said the Ja­maica Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity (JCAA) is un­der­tak­ing the $4.92 bil­lion up­grad­ing project, which is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber next year.

The work will in­clude the man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­stal­la­tion of a new state-of-the-art air-traf­fic man­age­ment sys­tem, new L-Band pri­mary and Mode-S radar tech­nol­ogy, as well as the in­stal­la­tion of a voice com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­trol sys­tem.

Henry’s re­marks were de­liv­ered by chair­man of the JCAA, Phillip Hen­riques, at the open­ing of a new air-traf­fic tower at the Nor­man Man­ley In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Kingston on Thurs­day.

IM­PROV­ING AIR-NAV­I­GA­TION SER­VICES

He said that the JCAA has al­ready un­der­taken sev­eral mea­sures to im­prove air-nav­i­ga­tion ser­vices, cit­ing the in­stal­la­tion of a new in­stru­ment land­ing sys­tem at Sang­ster In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Mon­tego Bay.

He noted that the sys­tem will be com­mis­sioned some­time next month, fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful pre-com­mis­sion­ing qual­ity as­sur­ance in­spec­tion.

Nor­man Man­ley In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Kingston.

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