The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has recorded the highest passenger movement at the Airport for the first quarter of 2018.
The Airport reported that 52,729 passengers were processed as compared to 43,733 in March 2017. Passenger movement for the period January to March 2018 recorded 142,781 passengers being processed as compared to 126,340 for the same period in 2017.
With Guyana being on the verge of oil production in 2020, a large number of foreigners have been visiting the shores of Guyana to seek business with ExxonMobil and Guyana. Back in February of this year, there was an oil and gas summit at the Mariott Hotel (GIPEX), which saw some 500 participants attending, mostly from foreign lands.
The Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, alluded to the fact that the oil and gas sector contributed to the large influx of persons to Guyana.
The CJIA is also currently under expansion. The previous government back in 2011 inked a US$150 million contract with China Harbour Engineering (CHEC), that project encountered difficulties with the political opposition back then and as a result, works were stalled.
However, works strated and with this new airport coupled with the frequent travel by persons in the oil and gas sector, American Airlines has signaled their intentions to start operating in Guyana later this year.