Guyana’s airport operations to get boost

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, January 31, 2008 – The Guyana governments says it will this year put even more money into major initiatives to improve the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC) which has been certified for the fourth successive year as being compliant with international requirements.

In an effort to further modernise and upgrade the airport facilities, CJIAC’s Chief Executive Officer Ramesh Ghir said a number of plans will be put in place this year, including infrastructural and security improvements.

Ghir explained that a Common User Terminal Equipment will be installed that will result in a computerised checking-in system. This is expected to improve processing of passengers by 20 percent, in addition to ensuring greater security control.
Additionally, an Airport Master Plan will be developed to guide operations over the next 20 years.

Other initiatives to be carried out include reviewing and upgrading the airport’s entire electrical system to address the problem of unstable power supply and resurfacing the taxi way and international apron.

Consideration is also being given to the development of a shopping mall to cater for squatters vending at the northern section of the terminal building. Land has already been identified and preliminary designs prepared for a shopping mall where vendors will be provided with comfortable and adequate facilities.

Several major improvements were carried out at the airport during the past year including installation of two new conveyor belts which has improved the airport’s capacity by 40 percent, extension of the immigration arrival and customs areas, renovation of the viewing gallery and the setting up of three new and fully computerised immigration booths with machine readable passport equipment.