The Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC) has recorded a 32 per cent increase in passenger arrivals for January 2023 compared to the previous year.
During January, the airport processed 25,005 arriving passengers compared to 18,874 in 2022.
The country’s main port of entry continues to experience significant increases in passenger arrivals since the Cricket Carnival in September 2022, the CJIA noted.
Meanwhile, there was a 45 per cent increase in cargo processed during January 2023 compared to 2022. The 738 tonnes of cargo processed in January 2023 comprised primarily agricultural products, perishable goods, industrial supplies, and personal effects.
Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill said these increases reflect the transformational work undertaken by the Ali-led Administration.
He attributed the influx of visitors and investors to the growth taking place in the housing, tourism, transportation, and agricultural sectors.
The Minister further noted that Guyana is well on its way to achieving one million arrivals by 2025, as predicted by President Irfaan Ali.
In anticipation of continued growth, the government is looking to expand and further increase the capacity at the airport.
Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo recently announced the government’s plan to modernise and strengthen security measures at airports by introducing a new electronic passport system.