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Edge lighting temporarily down along north-south runway at Kingston Airport

October 7, 2018 -

On Thursday, a cable supplying electricity to edge lighting along the main north-south runway at Kingston Airport was damaged. This occurred during construction to extend the runway, as part of the Kingston Airport expansion project.

Kingston Airport issued a NOTAM (notice to airmen) about the loss of light along the runway, which airlines receive and must respond to accordingly. They may opt to cancel, delay or reschedule flights.

Efforts are ongoing to restore lighting along the runway. "We are hopeful this situation will be resolved as early as this Tuesday," says Rick Reed, manager of the Kingston Airport.

At this time, the runway remains open during daylight hours and the secondary east-west runway is fully open.

Kingston Airport regrets any inconvenience light outages have caused travellers. "It's an unfortunate situation, and we feel for those impacted by it. However, safety is paramount and it's incumbent upon an airport to notify clients (airlines) of any circumstances that may impact their ability to land or take-off safely," says Reed.