Airport Fire Delays Piarco Flights

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Flights at Piarco International Airport were temporarily grounded for just over an hour on March 26 after a fire alarm went off in the control tower of the Civil Aviation Authority.The authority’s general manager, Hayden Newton, told local media that the alarm went off at 11.50 a.m.

He said that, in accordance with protocols, the Fire Service was called, the runway closed, and checks were made. However, there were no signs of flames or smoke.

After an extensive examination of the compound, flights were allowed to resume at about 1.35 p.m.

While the cause of the alarm going off wasn’t known up to press time, officials believe that a technical glitch may be to blame.

Ten departure flights, and six arrival flights, both domestic and international, were affected.

However, it wasn’t clear if the international arrivals had to be diverted to Tobago, but local media was told that this is typical procedure.