The Runway Lighting System at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) experienced a failure last night, forcing at least one airline to divert to Trinidad and Tobago for landing.
INews understands that American Airline was diverted.
In a statement, CJIA Management explained that the failure was as a result of a “slack cable connection”.
The failure occurred at around 23:30hrs.
This was a temporary cable which was installed to facilitate the works currently taking place on the extended section of the north-eastern runway.
After the failure was noticed, the portable runway lights were immediately deployed along the entire length of the runway and facilitated the departure of Suriname Airways at 12:12hrs.
Caribbean Airlines flight BW 605 arrived from Port of Spain and landed at 02:12hrs. CJIA noted that these portable runway lights comply with ICAO standards.
The main runway lighting system has since been repaired, CJIA said.