Sky-high success

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Air traffic controllers now have a state-of-the-art facility to help them in their work keeping the country’s skies safe.

Operations are already underway at the new cabin which was officially opened on Tuesday.

With more than 250,000 tourists flying in to Antigua and Barbuda each year, the almost 40-year-old air traffic control tower was in need of an upgrade.

The aviation industry has “evolved significantly” since the 1980s, said Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority boss Euletta Francis.

“The communication and navigation equipment in the cab had become obsolete and no longer supported by the manufacturers. The physical space was inadequate to provide air traffic services efficiently.

“With the growth in air traffic in Antigua and the region, it was crucial that Antigua and Barbuda embrace the new technologies to effectively manage its airspace,” she explained.

Montreal-based firm Aeronav carried out the works. The three-month installation of the cabin was completed in November, followed by setting up of communication equipment and staff training.

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