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Civil Aviation Minister says air traffic controllers’ issues being addressed

Manuel Heredia, Jr.

Manuel Heredia, Jr.

Manuel Heredia, Jr.

Thursday, February 26, 2015. AARON HUMES Reporting: The stand-off at the Philip Goldson International Airport between air traffic controllers and the Department of Civil Aviation appears to have simmered down.

Air traffic controllers’ complaints about the management of their posts with relation to equipment, working conditions and personal and professional development for some time now expected to be resolved.

However, the decision by two shifts of workers to call in sick has prompted action from the Department and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, whose Minister, Manuel Heredia Jr., told reporters that he was satisfied with the response plan initiated to minimize the crisis.

Phillip Goldson International Airport

Phillip Goldson International Airport

However, he wonders why the workers did not use their channel of communication with him as Minister to address the longstanding issues they seem to have.

Nonetheless, Heredia says the workers’ issues are now being addressed – and took a shot at the press and Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) for seeming to magnify the situation beyond what it was.

He maintained that any problems with equipment could be worked through with the regional aviation body, COCESNA, which oversees activity here and has conducted inspections of the Airport with no major complaints reported.

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