Significant increase in passenger arrivals, cargo at CJIA


Since reopening the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in October 2020, a 68 per cent increase in passenger traffic was recorded while cargo has increased to 112 per cent.

Chairman of the Board of Directors at CJIA Sanjeev Datadin revealed the data during an event at the airport at the weekend. Datadin said a total of 132, 935 persons have arrived since the reopening with 108, 943 arrivals for 2021.

Meanwhile, the total number of passengers processed (arriving and leaving) since October significantly increased; 267, 996 passengers were processed with 225, 406 processed for the year thus far.

“Compared to 2020 passenger movement are up 68 per cent and we are at approximately 51 per cent of our 2019 number,” Datadin said.

In terms of flights, the airport recorded 2, 473 international flights since October. Specifically, international landings are up by 85 per cent when compared to 2020 and it is also 18 per cent lower when compared to 2019.

Currently, there are 52 scheduled passenger flights per week operating out of CJIA. American Airlines operates two seven weekly flights to JFK in New York and Miami.

JetBlue also operates seven weekly flights to JFK while Copa Airlines operates four weekly flights.

Caribbean Airlines operates six weekly flights to JKF, two weekly flights to Toronto, Canada, one flight per week to Miami and 14 flights weekly to the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and Tobago.

Datadin revealed that 9, 870, 498 cargo have been processed since the airport reopened, an increase of 112 per cent when compared to 2020.

“The airport services provided by CJIA are moving forward.

“We are doing everything we can in the midst of the pandemic to operate safely not only form the usual safety standards from which every airport must adhere to but from the unique safety standard which we have as a result of the pandemic,” Datadin explained.

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