Airports throughout Jamaica, Mexico and Belize were shut down at press time as Hurricane Dean plowed through the Caribbean and the Yucatan Peninsula. In Jamaica, Kingston Jamaica Airport and Norman Manley International Airport remained closed for more than two days following the storm. Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay was the first to re-open, 24 hours after aviation operations were suspended.
Airports in Cancun, Cozumel and Chetumal, Mexico, remained closed this morning in the wake of Hurricane Dean, according to inspector Santana Martinez Villanueva at Cozumel International Airport. Martinez Villanueva told AIN that the eye of the storm passed just south of the Estado de Quintana Roo, the region where Cancun and Chetumal are located.
Business aviation operators using four Mexican airports–Cancun International, Cozumel International, General Ignacio P. Garcia Airport (Hermosillo) and Mexico City International–will find new Vaisala automated weather observation systems (AWOS) in service. The six systems (two at Mexico City and two at Cancun) replace older, existing systems and report current altimeter setting, temperature, dew point and wind speed and direction.