With increased airlift, 405K passengers processed at CJIA already this year
The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has processed 50,000 more passengers in 2023 compared to last year. The 405,000 passengers processed in 2023 is 14% higher than in 2022.
The increase in passenger numbers is due to the increased airlift by the existing carriers and the entrance of British Airways to the Guyana market in March. Passenger movements are projected to rise further when Sky Cana Airlines commence flight operations to Houston, Texas and Canada.
On the other hand, an additional 1,330,000 kilograms of cargo were processed in 2023 compared to 2022. Cargo exports have increased by 450,000 kilograms or 54% compared to last year.
The increase in cargo numbers is as a result of increased imports in oilfield equipment and ship spares, while exports in agro-products increased exponentially. LATAM Cargo now provides freighter service between Houston, Miami, and Guyana and has moved 133,000 kilograms of cargo since May 9, 2023.
Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill, said CJIA is poised to achieve unprecedented growth in the coming years.
Minister Edghill reiterated “The airport is a critical part of Guyana’s economic development and the government is committed to ensuring that it can meet the needs of the country’s growing economy.”
Chief Executive Officer of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Mr. Ramesh Ghir commented that the airport is on track to achieving President Irfaan Ali’s prediction of one million passenger movement by 2025.
He noted that CJIA is actively engaging several legacy and low-cost carriers to provide air services to and from South America, Europe, and the Middle East. This will further boost the airport’s connectivity and make it a more attractive destination for travelers.
The Government of Guyana is currently working to automate the arrival and departure processes by introducing biometric kiosks and electronic gates. This project has commenced and is expected to be completed in early 2024. (CJIA release)