Mr. Montague also said that the AAJ intends to invest and upgrade the aerodromes that are currently operational in Negril; Ken Jones (Port Antonio); Tinson Pen; Lionel Densham (Treasure Beach) and Ian Fleming, St. Mary. “If all goes to plan we should have divested this asset by the end of the calendar year. The invitation for the bid is now open and the eight pre-qualified bidders have been invited,” he told the House, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 30. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) is far advanced with the divestment of the Norman Manley International Airport.“If all goes to plan we should have divested this asset by the end of the calendar year. The invitation for the bid is now open and the eight pre-qualified bidders have been invited,” he told the House, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 30.The Minister informed that assessment and evaluation will be in June and that by September/October, the signing should take place with the preferred bidder.Mr. Montague also said that the AAJ intends to invest and upgrade the aerodromes that are currently operational in Negril; Ken Jones (Port Antonio); Tinson Pen; Lionel Densham (Treasure Beach) and Ian Fleming, St. Mary.He said the scope of works will include fencing, runway rehabilitation, repairs to terminals and establishment of pilot lounges.In addition, Mr. Montague said the AAJ is seeking a partner to assist with the setting up of an internal airline to assist with domestic movement of people and goods.“In today’s Jamaica we need scheduled internal flights, so the call is for persons in the private sector to come forward and let the negotiations begin,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Mr. Montague said the Government is again moving to market and open up the country’s aviation industry.He informed that discussions have begun with private pilot associations in North America.“One association has 180,000 members. If we could get five per cent of the owners to come to Jamaica, that’s 9,000 flights per year or 25 flights per day. Can you imagine what that would mean for fuel sales, villa and car rental, aircraft maintenance, catering and additional jobs to bring more prosperity,” the Minister said. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) is far advanced with the divestment of the Norman Manley International Airport. Story Highlights
Recommended for you CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region No Zika reports for TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Related Items:cleanup, Dr. Winston De La Haye, st. catherine, ZIka Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 17 (JIS): Three communities in St. Catherine will benefit from a Ministry of Health-led national clean-up day on Saturday (February 20).The move comes as the country intensifies activities to cut down the mosquito population in light of the threat of the Zika virus.Old Braeton and Reed’s Pen in Portmore, and Rivoli in Spanish Town, will be the focus of the clean-up activity, which will be conducted under the theme: ‘Operation Mosquito Search and Destroy’. Speaking at the launch of the clean-up day at the St. Jago Park Health Centre in the parish on Wednesday (February 18), Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Winston De La Haye, underscored the importance of personal responsibility in preventing mosquito breeding. “This isn’t an issue that the Ministry of Health alone can solve. It is the responsibility of each individual to identify sites where water settles and get rid of it. Remember that a drop of water is enough for the mosquito to breed in. We need to punch holes in cans and get rid of all of the bulk waste that is unnecessary and can potentially collect water,” he said. He informed that similar activities will take place in other parishes, and highlighted the importance of communities undertaking clean-up exercises.“This isn’t a one-day event. We are starting with areas in Spanish Town and Portmore and we are encouraging all Jamaica to come on board. We are expecting that after Saturday persons will be active in their communities and in their homes destroying breeding sites,” he said.The team, which includes Ministry of Health personnel, vector control workers, stakeholders and partners, will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at Portmore Pines Plaza from where persons will be deployed to the two Portmore communities. The group will move into the Rivoli community at about 1:00 p.m.Other partners in the clean-up effort include the Ministries of Education and Local Government and Community Development; and the national response team, which comprises the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Social Development Commission (SDC). “It is a multi-sectoral affair,” Dr. De La Haye said. “No one Ministry is able to address the situation. Zika isa preventable illness and we need to do everything we can to get the mosquitoes out of the way,” he pointed out.Dr. De La Haye is inviting members of the public to join the effort, noting that special focus would be placed on the gathering of bulky waste for removal by the NSWMA.