Passenger traffic at Guyana’s main port of entry – Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC) – rose by six percent for the month of January 2016, according to a media release from the Corporation.
The airport’s statistics department revealed 17,728 passengers arrived last month compared to 16,667 passengers for the same period in 2015.
According to Ramesh Ghir, CJIAC’s Chief Executive Officer, the proliferation in passenger numbers is due to leisure travel and increased business and tourism activities.
Analytical data also indicate that the airlines – Caribbean Airlines, Dynamic Airways, COPA, Suriname Airways, Fly Jamaica and Insel Air – have recorded an increase in passenger movement for the month.
“Our forecast for the next few months indicates there will be a huge influx of visitors to celebrate our Golden Jubilee activities in May. Management for its part will be working to advance our infrastructure and services provided including Immigration and Customs to ensure a smooth process through the terminal building,” Mr. Ghir added.
Meanwhile, in anticipation of a modernised terminal building and extended runway, the CEO along with other Government officials have been aggressively courting a number of North American and Latin American airlines to ply the Georgetown route.
Airline executives look for unserved destinations with enormous potential and Guyana is one such destination due to heightened investments in oil and precious mineral explorations. Such investments attract yielding premium passengers which serve as a bonus for airlines serving any route.