By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana has seen its fair share of drug busts in and out of the country and as a result of this, many airlines are not too inclined to buy food from Guyanese caterers to use in flight.
This is according to President and Chief Executive Officer of Travelspan, Nohar Singh, who was at the time addressing security concerns of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on the radio programme ‘Hard Talk’ aired on 90.1 Fm.
“We have to cater these airplanes…it’s a substantial amount of expense from our side and revenue on the supply side. We cater this airplane round-trip out of New York, and the reason why we do that is because we are so concerned about the catering company – and not that I am saying there are any violating the laws, but there is that concern that catering out of Guyana increases our security issues, we have to put more personnel on the ground because the inspection has to be all the way from the kitchen right up to the aircraft,” Singh said.
As a result of this concern, Singh explained that his Company has no other choice but to utilize the services of caterers from the United States. The CEO noted that there is a particular individual who works with a catering company in Guyana and has tried several times for Travelspan to utilize its services.
“It breaks my heart that I can’t give him this business because the whole idea of Travelspan being an indigenous company is to contribute to your country’s wealth, wellbeing and growth and here we have a specific issue that is causing us to not fulfill that mandate of ours,” Singh said.
However, despite this issue, the CEO said he is impressed with the CEO of the CJIA, Ramesh Ghir, who has improved security at the facility.
“As far as the security, there have been improvements and we must commend that. If you have seen most of the drug bust lately…most have been individual people and content as opposed to them being able to breach the security measures of getting contraband items on the aircraft,” Singh pointed out.