Guyana’s main gateway, Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) processed a record 630,143 passengers in 2018, an increase of 38,090 over the previous year. This figure represents the highest number of passenger movement through the country’s main port of entry.
While there was an overall 7% increase in passenger movements over 2017, international passenger arrivals were up by 9% for a total of 325,800.
Hon. David Patterson, Minister of Public Infrastructure, attributed the marked increases to, “Government’s sound economic policies and its unwavering advocacy for an enabling environment for investors including the introduction of a new airline.”
The Minister added that other factors which contributed to this achievement can be associated with increased business interest in Oil and Gas, Agriculture and tourists coming in large numbers for the Easter Festivities, Bartica Regatta, Rupununi Rodeo, Christmas and Investment Forums.
Six international carriers currently operate into CJIA from cities throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. New York City continues to dominate with a 34 percent market share in 2018. Toronto and Aruba recorded 15 and 14 percent respectively, followed by Miami with 12 percent.
Cheddi Jagan International is currently undergoing a major expansion which includes an extended runway, additional aircraft parking areas and expanded terminal building.