Nighttime and early morning flights continue to be cancelled or delayed as Kingston’s Norman Rogers Airport deals with an ongoing electrical issue affecting its runway lighting system, first reported by Kingstonist at the beginning of the Thanksgiving Long Weekend.
On Thursday, a cable supplying electricity to edge lighting along the main north-south runway at Kingston Airport was damaged, says the City Of Kingston. This occurred during construction to extend the runway, as part of the Kingston Airport expansion project.
Subsequently, the airport issued a NOTAM (notice to airmen) about the loss of light along the runway, which airlines receive and must respond to accordingly. The City says it is then up to the airlines to cancel, delay or reschedule flights.
“We are hopeful this situation will be resolved as early as this Tuesday,” says Rick Reed, manager of the Kingston Airport, as work continues to restore lighting along the runway.
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,” the City said in a statement.
“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.