Minister of Public Infrastructure mediates Ogle Airport dispute

Members of the National Air Transport Association (NATA) and Correia Group have agreed to submit crucial documentations to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) pertaining to the operations at Ogle International Airport (OIA), with the view of reaching an amicable solution to defuse the ongoing dispute between the two parties.
The compromise was met when David Patterson, Minister of Public Infrastructure (MPI) held discussions with NATA and the Correia Group on November 18 and 19, 2015 respectively at his Wight’s Lane office.
“We need to come to a practicable solution. The two groups will put forward their necessary documentations and objections. I will review same, and make a submission to His Excellency President David Granger. I am hopeful it will be something that both parties can work with for the benefit for the aviation sector,” Hon. Patterson disclosed to the Ministry’s Public Relations desk.
Both parties are required by submit the following to Minister Patterson at the earliest opportunity:

  • Articles of Incorporation of all operators at OIA
  • A Copy of the Lease between Cooperative Republic of Guyana and OIA
  • Aircraft Owners Association Inc. original documentation
  • Lease Agreement, i.e, copies for all lessees.
  • Cabinet decision issued, which was presented by former Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn.
  • A summation pointing out the difference in requirements and operational procedures between Ogle Airport Inc. and OIA.

Minister Patterson asked both parties refrain from making public pronouncements until the issues are resolved.
At the center of the dispute is the planned name change of Ogle to Eugene F. Correia International Airport and what NATA described as anti-competitive environment created by the Correia Group which both owns an airline and controls the airport.