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Flights grounded as Air Traffic Controllers refuse to work in tower

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Air traffic controllers are refusing to go into the air traffic control tower today, limiting operations at Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Today, all flights into the Family Islands that were approved by the Competent Authority were grounded without explanation as the controllers refused to enter the tower.

The elevator to the top of the center has been out of service for 14 weeks forcing workers to use the stairs.

The control tower is 152 feet tall and 13 stories high. The controllers were promised that the elevator would be serviced and fixed within six weeks. However, six weeks later nothing substantive has been done to rectify the situation.

The elevator was 'fixed' but did not pass the inspection leaving air traffic controllers no choice but to use the stairs or the elevator at their own risk.

Flights are active now as the air traffic control managers are struggling to handle the work until the elevator is repaired and passes inspection.

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