THE VALLEY, Anguilla, Thursday September 20, 2018 – The Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (CJLIA) in Angilla has received approval from its regulator, Air Safety Support International (ASSI), to resume night-time operations.
Night operations at the CJLIA had been suspended after Hurricane Irma caused severe damage in September last year.
However, the CJLIA said it was determined to build resiliency into its operations with new lighting systems and the implementation of an Instrument Flight Procedure (IFP), based on Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. The technology replaces the previous Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) system, and is used to guide and aid aircraft in approaching and landing at the CJLIA and taking off from Anguilla.
The GPS-based IFP allows the CJLIA to better coordinate its operations as well as mitigate against natural disasters such as hurricanes because the technology can be quickly placed on stream with little physical infrastructure needed and no sacrifice to safety.
“The Anguilla Air and Sea Ports Authority (AASPA) is extremely grateful to the United Kingdom Government for its support from its technical assistance personnel and for the provision of financial resources in the form of grants. These resources were utilized not only to enable the restoration of night-time operations but also to make it possible for the Airport to be available, once again, to accommodate flights on a 24 hour basis,” a statement from the AASPA said.
The airport authority said the return of night operations at the CJLIA is “an enormous step towards success”, and expressed gratitude to the management team and staff of the airport and appreciation to other stakeholders of the CJLIA over the past 12 months.