GROWING economic challenges caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has pushed local authorities to reopen its international airports to commercial travel, from today, and President, Dr. Irfaan Ali is confident they are ready and prepared to operate safely and in a way that minimises importation of COVID-19 cases.
Though no flight is expected today, the country will soon see a number of commercial flights “touching down,” but there are strict guidelines which will have to be adhered to, said President Ali.
“I have given the most careful consideration, after due consultations with many stakeholders including the ministers of public works and health, and the civil aviation authority, to reopen our two international airports, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and Eugene F. Correia International Airport, to commercial operations,” said President Ali in a message to the nation, on Saturday.
Guyana’s two international airports have been closed to incoming commercial, international flights since midnight on March 18, after Guyana recorded its first COVID-19 case on March 11.
The airports were initially scheduled to close for a two-week period; however, as COVID-19 cases in the country increased, the closures continued to be extended.
But, growing demand for travel and pressing economic constraints, created by this disease and the necessary containment measures, have pushed the country to take decisive action, which, according to international reports is not unprecedented, amidst the global pandemic.
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