GCAA, LIAT and Ogle Airport Officials meet to resolve fee impasse

LIAT, OAI Meeting
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The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on Monday hosted a meeting between the Chief Executive Officers of the Ogle Airport Incorporated (OAI) and LIAT Airlines at their Kingston office to resolve issues surrounding the administration of the Airport Service Fee.

The fee which passengers passing through the Eugene F. Correia International Airport (EFCIA) are required to pay, came into focus when the airport operator advertised that it will be collecting the fee directly from passengers.

OAI, while attempting to streamline their revenue collection, did not take into account that some passenger could have been charged twice nor that its action would infringement on the ease of travel for passengers.

The agreement reached at the end of the meeting was to have the International Air Transport Association (IATA) register the Airport Service Fee in their Global Distribution System and for same to be collected by LIAT and then remitted to the EFCIA.

Effective September 1, 2017, all bookings and ticket sales will include the airport service fee in the price of the ticket. Adult passengers traveling internationally will be required to pay the fee of GY$3600, while children aged seven and under will be charged GY$2400.

The meeting was chaired GCAA’s Director-General, Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Egbert Field; and included OAI’s CEO, Anthony Mekdeci; OAI’s Deputy Terminal Manager Phillip Lynch; LIAT’s CEO, Julie Reifer-Jones; LIAT’s Country Manager, Orin Walton, LIAT’s Pricing and Revenue Manager, Gavin Bovell; and GCAA’s Director of Air Transport Management, Saheed Sulaman, .

Airport fees are normally levied for the maintenance of the airport terminal facilities.

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About: Wayne Farley

Wayne Farley is a safety evangelist who has 30 years of experience in the aviation industry with many of those years spent as an air traffic controller in aerodrome, approach and area facilities. He is an aviation enthusiast and maintains an active blog.

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