Probe into airport light incident

December 03, 2016

The malfunction of lights on the runway of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), in Kingston, is now the subject of a probe.

Transport and Mining Minister, Mike Henry has ordered a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

On Wednesday, the lights on the runway at the NMIA malfunctioned forcing flight delays, cancellations and rescheduling. Several passengers were also inconvenienced.

Henry said while he understands acts of God and unforeseen circumstances, there is no room for error as Jamaica’s enviable aviation record must not be compromised at any given time.

He says against the background of the Government’s Open Skies Policy, operations at the island’s airports must be flawless.

Board chairman of the Airports Authority of Jamaica, William Shagoury, and board chairman of the NMIA, Neil Seaton, have been asked to furnish the report in the shortest possible time.

Henry said given increased activity in the Jamaican ports and airspace, every precaution must be taken to ensure smooth operations at our airports and the absolute safety of passengers and employees.


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