Air traffic was closed in Jamaica, and passengers were detained

(CNN) – The flight was suspended for parts of Thursday morning and evening in Jamaica, with the flight being postponed and leaving thousands of dismantled passengers there unable to reach the island. Caribbean.

MBJ Airports Limited, the operator of Sangster International Airport near the popular Montego Bay airport, confirmed in a news release to CNN that the flights were canceled Thursday morning “due to the release of passengers. aircraft service. “

The plane’s arrival schedule will begin to report departures around 9:30 am local time on May 12. The departure board will also begin sending out departures around 10:30 am

American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United airlines, among others, were banned.

It’s a similar story at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, the capital. Arrivals begin at 11:30 am, and can be canceled until 12:19 pm.

Kurt Solomon, president of the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association, told CNN the flights will begin at 5 pm on May 12.

Robert Nesta Morgan, the non -profit minister in charge of information at the Prime Minister’s Office, posted a news on his Twitter account confirming that the planes will take off.

“The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) wants to educate the public, on the progress of communication between the Authority and its stakeholders, namely the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association (JATCA) , airline services are being restored, ” said the release.

Since then, Sangster reported one departure, Delta Flight DL1987 at 5:07 pm Manley reported one arrival, British Airways Flight BA2263 at 4:43 pm

Small staff

Sharon Hislop, head of business development and sales at Sangster, told CNN the airport announced Thursday morning that the airline in Kingston did not have enough support to support the air due to “limited staff.”

The JCAA has decided to suspend airline and airline services, Hislop said.

The air transport center in Kingston handles operations for three international airlines in Jamaica: Sangster, Manley and Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios.

CNN Travel approached the JCAA for comment via email and phone on Thursday evening but received no response by 8 pm ET.

The slaves will be shown in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on May 12, 2022.

The slaves will be shown in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on May 12, 2022.


Hislop estimated that about 100 passengers on each plane were affected by the disruption of services.

Stores at the airport are scheduled to open overnight as some passengers expect to stay in Sangster overnight, Hislop told CNN.

Local news reported the situation as a blow, although no official contacted by CNN confirmed the incident.

“That’s what we’ve heard, but we can’t know for sure,” Hislop said when asked if there was an attack by pilots that led to small -scale workers. When the planes were released.

Solomon said a “contingency group could not continue” operating Thursday morning at the Kingston Air Traffic Control Center and that group stopped. Solomon could not tell them why they were doing this.

The contingency team is staffed by pilots for air pilots.

Solomon told CNN there were equipment problems at the Kingston Air Traffic Control Center, and they continued for several years.

Runners are in trouble

Justin Novak told CNN he was flying from Toronto to Montego Bay on Friday when his flight was diverted about 30 minutes before landing.

Novak said the pilots did not say much except they were forced to search.

“It’s hard to go home. It’s all different but it’s obvious,” Novak said.

Novak traveled to Jamaica for an eight -day vacation with his wife. He would be missing for two days because of the delay, he said.

“What I don’t understand is that they know they know this is going to work but let us get on the plane. =,” Novak said. “We are rescheduled for 12 pm tomorrow [Friday, May 13]but who knoweth what is to come? “

Erin Fletcher Langen also had problems Friday when she flew from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Jamaica for work.

He was in an ilover in Atlanta when the problems started. His flight was delayed, then canceled and then there was hope when officials told them Sangster (MBJ) had been released. And then it was over again.

“It was a roller coaster of ideas. When they said MBJ was opening, everyone was excited and hit. Fletcher Langen said.

He said people at the airport said they hadn’t traveled a long time and many were going to get married.

He said he planned to take off on a rescheduled plane on Friday.

Waivers are granted

American Airlines, which has more damaged flights on Sangster than any other airline, has issued a waiver for transfer fees to passengers.

“Due to the disruption of the airline service in relation to travel in Jamaica, Delta has issued a travel waiver for those whose travel is disrupted between May 12-13,” it said in a statement. his news site.

“This waiver allows for a difference in the fee for customers when the trip is rescheduled before or before May 16, 2022 the service center as per the original book.”

You will need to confirm with your carrier if your flight is canceled.

Top photo: A top view of Norman Manley International Airport from 2016. (Henry Romero / Reuters)

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