A strike by air visitors controllers at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay Jamaica has brought on huge flight cancellations for the day. 28 flights had been been cancelled and a few even needed to be diverted mid-flight.
An American Airlines flight that was en route from JFK was diverted to Miami, and a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina turned again.
An Air Canada flight, which was en path to Jamaica, was additionally pressured to return to Toronto.
Earlier this morning, a Frontier flight out of Atlanta, a Sun Wing flight from Toronto, an American Airlines flight from Miami, and a JetBlue flight out of New York had been capable of land at Sangster earlier than the strike went into full mode.
28 different flights had been pressured to be cancelled as a result of strike.
Airports in Jamaica
There are three worldwide airports in Jamaica: Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital metropolis, and the Ian Fleming International Airport in picturesque Ocho Rios.
The absence of controllers has pressured the suspension of providers at Sangster and Norman Manley International airports as of 10:00 am in the present day.
With 2 out of 3 worldwide airports being shut down, Jamaica’s aviation business was dropped at its knees in the present day.
What brought on the strike?
The controllers have been in a dispute with the Ministry of Finance for months, owing to a fallout in wage negotiations between them and the federal government. Three weeks in the past, they reportedly went on sick out at the Sangster International Airport, and two nights in the past repeated their silent protest.
None of these actions nevertheless resulted in a optimistic end result for the air visitors controllers.
How lengthy will this strike final?
It is at present unclear how lengthy this strike will final precisely, nevertheless, there’s a sturdy indication that standard operations will proceed Friday morning.
Air visitors controllers are the center of any airport operation, with out them, airports merely stop to be purposeful. When they strike, airports are pressured to close down their operations and flights have to be cancelled.
Montego Bay named as one of the highest locations for Americans.
This is all occurring whereas town of Montego Bay has been named as one of the highest locations for American vacationers to go to this summer season.
Famed for its white-sand seashores, laid again means of life, and a complete host of water-based actions, Montego Bay has lengthy since been a favourite for vacationers from North America – and with Jamaica lately removing its Covid-19 associated entry necessities, that standing appears to be like set to develop even additional this summer season.
Jamaica eliminated all entry necessities for vacationers.
One of the various the reason why Americans are flocking to the attractive island is as a result of Jamaica eliminated all of its Covid restrictions. This makes is far simpler for vacationers to go to.
As of April 15, all vacationers can enter Jamaica with:
- No pre-flight testing requirement
- No on arrival or post-arrival testing for Jamaica
- No proof of vaccination is required for entry
- No quarantines
- No nations banned as a result of case numbers or variants
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