– self check-in terminals to be introduced shortly
Guyana’s main port of entry, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), has announced its highest revenue year in 2010 with $635M earned in the last 12 months.
According to the airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Ramesh Ghir, during a year-end press conference on Friday at the Ministry of Public Works and Communication, Kingston, $340M was expended to cover operating costs.
This would have meant that CJIA made at least $36M more than 2009. Another plus was the fact that the airport moved 226,000 passengers, an increase of five per cent over 2009 figures also.
“The year just concluded was a good one in many ways for the airport. Not only was the facility able to establish its own security team, employing 21 persons, but several security features, including up-front screening for passengers and baggage, an improvement for passengers who from time to time complained that their personal luggage was tampered with.”
In addition to increasing collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs to increase security in light of new regulations, Ghir disclosed that during 2010, the facilities would have flown in experts to examine its detectors and other screening equipment where although satisfaction was found with the current operations, some recommendations for improvements were also made.
The airport aerodrome license was also renewed as several rigid inspections were carried out by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority and the US transportation authorities.
The past year would also have seen the completion of a $300M taxiway and apron with a new car park booth commissioned.
However, a project to line the airport with several display screens on flight information at strategic locations as well as a number of Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE) which allows passengers to check in themselves, has found some delays with the project expected to be commissioned within the next three months, Ghir said.
In terms of concessions, Roti Hut, a pilot and crew lounge for Roraima Airways and Kings Jewelry World established airport lounges with new seating for visitors.
During this year, the airport is hoping to introduce baggage carts, an option to the Red Caps trolley service that will allow passengers for a fee, to manage their own belongings.
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