Guyana: Airport runway extension has begun – CJIAC

Airport runway extension has begun – CJIAC


Works Minister Robeson Benn (second from right) touring the site. (CJIAC photo)

Works Minister Robeson Benn (second from right) touring the site. (CJIAC photo)

The extension of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri runway has “begun in earnest” with the contracting firm – China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) – tackling a trial section in the Timehri North area, according to a press release this evening from the CJIA Corporation.

It said that the project commenced two weeks ago. The commencement has come despite claims by the Ministry of Works that this project was going to be hampered by cuts that were made by the opposition to its 2013 budget.

The release said that Minister of Public Works and Transport, Robeson Benn along with other Ministry and CJIA officials were taken on a site visit on October 31. CHEC’s Engineers are removing the soft soil (peat) and backfilling the area with sand.

“I know we had some hiccups but I am happy to see works have commenced for this transformational project,” Benn told CHEC technicians.

When completed the runway will be able to accommodate BOEING 747-400 aircraft, and will be extended from 7,500 feet to 10,800 feet, the release said.

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  • de castro compton  On 11/05/2013 at 5:52 am

    Good news for all international travellers…..should hopefully bring the prices down with larger passenger capacity…..however with 800 seater aircraft already in pipeline hope plans will accommodate this development in air travel….
    Also more frequent flights should increase not only number of visitors but
    competitiveness in the industry….TOURISM is a vital element in any development
    of air travel…..ECO tourism is Guyana’s future ….get it right and everyone benefits…get it wrong everyone looses….
    Let’s see how things develop.
    Wish the best to all concerned with this development of CJIA


  • Cliff Thomas  On 11/05/2013 at 6:18 pm

    When this runway is completed by its extension, then hopefully the new Airport will be tackled to allow Guyana to become the Tourism center of the Carribean. Of course the Mayor and his deputy will have to be removed from City Hall so as to make our Capital city presentable. The Town clerk, Ms Sooba, is doing a very good job and should be made permanent.

  • de castro compton  On 11/06/2013 at 10:50 am

    Not sure but thought the mayor of GT was elected in local elections…..

    London a city of 10million in winter 15/16 million in summer has a mayor
    whose job is up for grab year after year…..most he will ever serve is 3 years….

    First year equal performance…..can be de-selected
    Second year out perform previous mayor….can be de-selected
    Third year excel or move on into national politricks… move.

    Elections held every year in may…..

    Maybe sometime later I will enter the race in GT…..WITH PLANS TO MOVE THE CITY NEARER CHEDDI JAGAN AIRPORT……

    BUT no political ambitions so will act as adviser to a candidate I prefer.

    Could be ms Sooba after meeting the honourable town clerk……


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