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Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness (Photo: JIS)

Increased revenue for Jamaica from overflight services

Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness (Photo: JIS)

Jamaica will earn additional revenues for aircraft using its airspace due to the recent upgrades to the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre (KATCC).

Prime Minister Andrew Holness at the re-opening of the recently upgraded Kingston air traffic control centre, in Kingston. (Photo: Jamaica Information Service)

The improvements to the KATCC came at a cost of US$17 million, approximately J$2.3 billion, and will facilitate overflight services that will add to the revenue already generated by the island’s aviation industry which contributes billions to the economy, said Prime Minister Andrew, while speaking at the opening of the centre recently.

Holness said “Simply by flying over our airspace, revenue is earned and we have to find ways of improving the technology and at the same time offering that service, by virtue of Jamaica’s scale, to other countries in the region that may not have what we have, so we can leverage civil aviation as an industry.”

“It’s really part of a process, and with aviation technology consistently changing, we have to be at least at the cutting edge, if not ahead of the curve, to ensure that we can continue to provide a safe and reliable service.”

– Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Nari Williams-Singh

“In an environment of continuous air traffic volume expansion, rapid technological advancements, sophisticated threats and increasing efficiency demands from myriad stakeholders, the recent upgrades at the KATCC were opportunely timed,” he said.

Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Nari Williams-Singh, said the country accommodating more aircraft in its airspace will see increased revenue from the greater efficiency in movement through its Flight Information Region, which is much larger than the country’s actual size.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) with Vice President, Sales at Thales Las France SAS, Frederique Miller at the re-opening of the recently upgraded Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre in Kingston. Also pictured (from second left) are: Minister of Transport and Mining, Robert Montague; Chairman of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) Phillip Henriques and JCAA Director General, Nari Williams-Singh. Thales, which operates out of France, was the Contractor that undertook the upgrades on behalf of the JCAA.

The improvements to the KATCC is part of the larger air navigation services modernisation programme which will also include two new air traffic control towers at the nation’s two international airports in Kingston and Montego Bay and an instrument landing system at the Sangster International Airport, among other ugrades.

Williams-Singh said “It’s really part of a process, and with aviation technology consistently changing, we have to be at least at the cutting edge, if not ahead of the curve, to ensure that we can continue to provide a safe and reliable service” adding “We can now bring airplanes closer together and while we would have reduced the separation between aircraft, we can do it safely, and so the margins of safety are still maintained.”

-JIS