Increased aerial activity in Kingston for Barack Obama’s visit to Jamaica
United States President Barack Obama will maintain a tight itinerary during his visit to Jamaica this week. The public is being advised that there will be increased aerial activity involving various types of military aircraft in and around the Kingston Metropolitan Area between Saturday, April 4 and Friday, April 10.
Today, several US military helicopters were seen soaring the aerial space of Kingston, Jamaica.
This is in relation to the planned visit of several Heads of State and Government and their delegations to Jamaica.
The public is being advised to anticipate road closures and significant traffic restriction and re-directions between Tuesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 9, 2015 for the visit of United States president Barack Obama and regional heads of State.
The president will arrive on April 8 for a full day of work on April 9 before his departure to Panama.
Obama, who is scheduled to arrive at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston late Wednesday evening on Air Force One, will be airlifted on one of the helicopters in the presidential Marine One fleet to the Jamaica Defence Force’s Up Park Camp headquarters, from where he will be transported to the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in one of the 12 military-grade armour limousines in the presidential fleet.
The Presidential Limousine
Obama’s limo, that costs approximately US$1.5 million, contains night vision cameras, shotguns, teargas canons, extra weapons, oxygen supply under the president’s seat and emergency medical equipment, including bottles of the president’s blood type in case he needs an emergency transfusion.
The purpose of Obama’s visit to Jamaica
The following morning Obama will journey to the Office of the Prime Minister at Jamaica House where he and his delegation will hold bilateral talks with the Jamaican Government.
His next assignment will be a meeting with Caricom heads of government at the University of the West Indies, Regional Centre, Mona, after which he will hold a youth town hall forum at the UWI Assembly Hall.
The US president’s final engagement in Jamaica will take place at National Heroes Park where he is scheduled to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph, the monument erected in honour of the thousands of Jamaicans who died in World Wars I and II.
After that, Obama will return to Up Park Camp from where he will be airlifted back to Norman Manley International for his flight to Panama to attend the Seventh Summit of the Americas.