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European Airlines eye Guyana Ogle Airport amidst oil and gas surge – By Ray Chickrie

By Ray Chickrie

I flew from Eugene Correia International Ogle, to Suriname’s Zorg-en-Hoop city airport some weeks ago, and I was reminded that two years ago, I wrote that the hub potential is at Eugene Correia International Airport, previously called Ogle, and not at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Guyana. Now since the 13th oil and gas discoveries off the Guyana coast and an estimated recoverable resource of over six billion oil-equivalent barrels, we are witnessing the rise of Guyana.

ExxonMobil is building its Guyana headquarters on ten acres of land that it leased from Ogle. In January 2018, the media in Guyana reported that “ExxonMobil also wants to build a training center and a helipad.            Continue reading

Guyana: CJIA expansion project – Editorial by Stabroek News – 06 May 2019

– Stabroek News  – Editorial

Given its inauspicious beginnings in Jamaica and numerous questions over the scope of its works, it is meet that both the government and the opposition have agreed that the US$150m expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri be audited.

There has been a great deal of grandstanding and excuses by both the former PPP/C government and the current one over its progress and what was intended to be delivered. So febrile has the disputation been that the Office of the Auditor General has since signalled that it will undertake a special audit of the project. Underpinning this will be a value for money audit. 

Cheddi Jagan International Airport – Guyana

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American Airlines to start selling tickets for NYC – GEO route from May 6, 2019

American Airlines starts NYC-GEO route

American Airlines is providing travellers with more direct access to Guyana. The U.S.-based airline will begin direct service from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, USA to Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO) in Georgetown, Guyana on December 18th, 2019. Tickets go on sale from May 6th, 2019,” the Authority announced.

American Airlines, one of the biggest operators in the world, started flights here in 2018, with non-stop flights to Miami International Airport.

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Guyana: CJIA Renovation…State auditors to target duty-free concessions in probe

Photo of the CJIA terminal area

It appears that the authorities are paying attention to rising concerns over the ongoing expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), at Timehri.

A major probe is to be carried out to determine whether Guyana received value for its money.

It would come after almost a decade of criticisms for a project that was born in secret and has been saddled with one problem after another.

According to Auditor General, Deodat Sharma, an audit is being planned at the moment.            Continue reading

Guyana: China Harbour faces US$600,000 fine for delayed CJIA Airport expansion

An artist’s Plan of the expanded Airport.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) will by the end of January, 2019 be fined more than U$200,0000 or US$7,000 per day for missing the 31st December, 2018 firm deadline to complete the US$150 million Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said Monday.

Ruling out an extension of the deadline, Patterson said the company would be charged the daily fine until the project is finished “We are not granting any extensions after December 31st 2018. In our opinion we believe that the contractor did not have adequate resources to ensure that he met his contractual obligation,” he told reporters at the project site.

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Airlines: JetBlue Guyana decision imminent

JetBlue Guyana decision imminent

April 30, 2018 – By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor


GEORGETOWN, Guyana — US low cost carrier, JetBlue, which has indicated its interest in expanding into the Guyana market, is closer to making a decision, according to local media reports. The Guyana ministry of foreign affairs, without naming the airline, has also indicated that talks are still ongoing and that JetBlue will soon send a delegation to Guyana on a fact finding mission.    Continue reading

Guyana aviation sector improves – Hoping to attract major airlines

Guyana closer to Category 1 status, as aviation sector improves

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now – December 29, 2017

CJIA Arrivals Entrance

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana over the past year has seen a dramatic growth in its aviation sector, especially in areas of safety and building institutions to oversee implementation and evaluation. The US$150 million project to expand the runway and modernization of the terminal at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) will be completed by late-2018.

For these reasons, the country is close to achieving Category 1 status, which means that Guyana-based carriers and others in the region can fly non-stop from Georgetown to any point in the United States, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said recently. However, the country is still finding it hard to attract legacy airlines from North America and Europe.      Continue reading

Guyana’s poor aviation safety standards affecting airlift – opinion

Guyana’s poor aviation safety standards affecting airlift

 Guyana lost its Category 1 status with the demise of Guyana Airways in 2001
GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana has failed in the past two decades to comply with the International Civil Aviation (ICAO) safety requirements, and for this reason the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been rated by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Category 2.

As a result, only US-based airlines can fly nonstop between Guyana and the United States, so with the demise of Dynamic Airways two weeks ago, which provided non-stop service between Georgetown and New York City, airlift between these two cities is at an all time low. Continue reading

Guyana tourism hub potential is at Ogle not Cheddi Jagan airport, study reveals

Guyana tourism hub potential is at Ogle not Cheddi Jagan airport, study reveals

Published on May 11, 2017 – Caribbean News Now


Ogle airport

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — With a Category II rating of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Guyana will not be able to start and operate its own airline until all the deficiencies are corrected. However, this is not a major constraint holding back the development of tourism and attracting more visitors to Guyana.

A 2016 study titled, “Guyana Airlift Capacity,” by a Guyanese aviation expert, who wants to remain anonymous, concluded that “the hub potential is at Ogle and not at Cheddi Jagan International Airport.”

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CJIA expansion project to go ahead

CJIA expansion project to go ahead

Thursday, 25 June 2015 06:51 –  Written by 

An artist's impression of the expanded CJIA.

An artist’s impression of the expanded CJIA.

.The Guyana government has signaled that it would be going ahead with the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), although much more funds are needed to complete the project to international standards.

“It is a clear intention that the relationship with Government will continue and the project will not suffer because of lagging projects (with the previous government),” Minister of State in the Office of the President, Joseph Harmon was quoted as saying by the Government Information Agency (GINA).  Continue reading

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