CJIA Expansion Project to be completed in Dec 2018
A new deadline has been set for the completion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Expansion Project owing to several challenges encountered including a slippage during the extension of the south-west runway.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CJIA, Ramesh Ghir said the airport expansion project will now be fully completed in December 2018 – though certain aspects of the initiative will be completed earlier in the year.
The CEO explained at a news conference on Thursday, December 28, 2017, that the extension of the north-east runway should be completed by July 2018 and the first 500 metres of the south-east runway by April 2018.
The taxiways are earmarked for completion in March 2018, the new arrival terminal by June 2018 and the existing terminal building by December 2018.
Ghir explained that the new buildings should be constructed by midyear while renovation and rehabilitation works may run until yearend.
The US$150 million project was scheduled to be completed within 32 months of its commencement in 2013, however, the deadline was extended several times owing to some hiccups in the execution of the initiative.
In 2012, the Guyana Government had secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyanese Government has injected some US$12 million.