An extended runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), coupled with a $518 Million Instrument Landing System (ILS), were commissioned on Sunday.
Public Works Minister Bishop Juan Edghill, who was among the Ministers present at the commissioning of the 3,360 metre expanded runway, explained that Guyana itself would benefit from the runway expansion since it can now be used to attract bigger aircraft and services. According to Edghill, it will ultimately open up greater opportunities for Guyana.
“Air traffic control and pilots will also benefit from situational awareness, enhanced warning, both in terms of predicting and resolving systems in the air and on the ground, an approach monitoring which will enhance airspace safety. Guyana the state will benefit,” Edghill said.
It was also explained by Director of Air Navigation Services Rickford Samaroo that the Instrument landing System will reduce flight diversion by 90 per cent. Meanwhile, CJIA Chairman Sanjeev Datadin explained what the ILS and the extended runway would mean for the airport.
“This new lengthened runway will now allow those larger aircrafts that have been coming to Guyana, to do so at their maximum capacity. That would mean they can carry more cargo and of course for the commercial airlines, it means they’ll be able to carry their full passenger quotas,” Datadin said.
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