Current Affairs

Current Affairs



KINGSTON, Jan. 15 (JIS):


Cabinet yesterday (January 14) approved contracts for the procurement of additional navigational aids and for the training of air traffic controllers.

Colin Campbell, Information Minister, said a contract valued at US$2.86 million was awarded to the Boeing/Preston Group of the United States, for the training of air traffic controllers in radar procedures.

Approval was also granted for the procurement of an Instrument Landing System (ILS) for the Norman Manley International Airport from IntelCan of Canada at an estimated cost of US$866,329.

These announcements were made by the Minister at the post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House in Kingston.

Mr. Campbell noted that there was also approval for the acquisition of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for both international airports and the Ken Jones Aerodrome in Portland, at an estimated cost of US$150,000.

He said Cabinet also gave the nod for emergency repairs to the DVOR system estimated at US$100,000. The money would be sourced from the Government of Jamaica and a loan from Citibank.

“These additional navigation aids are in the category of things to have been done for a while to modernise our flight safety arrangements and to make sure that our air space is properly administered,” the Minister said.