Gov’t Pursuing Open Skies Policy

Photo: JIS Photographer Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, explains his plans for the Ministry, in an interview with JIS News, at his Maxfield Avenue offices, on March 11. (File photo)

Story Highlights

  • Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, says the Government is pursuing an Open Skies Policy.
  • This is an agreement under which two or more countries allow unrestricted overflight and landing rights to one another.
  • Mr. Henry indicated that as the travel industry prepares for a surge in growth, Jamaica needs to put in place innovations to enhance the safety, performance and security of the industry in tandem with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, says the Government is pursuing an Open Skies Policy.

This is an agreement under which two or more countries allow unrestricted overflight and landing rights to one another.

In remarks read on his behalf by Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority Chairman, Phillip Henriques, at the opening of a new air traffic control tower at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on November 16, Mr. Henry said the policy is being pursued to increase connectivity to the island and promote Jamaica as a regional hub.

“It will also encourage competition and expansion of international air services,” he said.

He noted that the policy will provide an environment that will encourage operations into Jamaica’s international airports.

In addition, it will facilitate the development of Jamaica’s international trade, investments, tourism and all sectors of air transport.

The Transport and Mining Minister informed that since 2010, Jamaica has negotiated bilateral air services agreements with more than 20 states.

These include Canada, Chile, Iceland, Singapore, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, China, Brazil, Qatar, India and the Czech Republic.

Mr. Henry indicated that as the travel industry prepares for a surge in growth, Jamaica needs to put in place innovations to enhance the safety, performance and security of the industry in tandem with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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