From 2000 to 2012, the passenger movement at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has leaped from 384,000 to 544,000 [a 42 percent jump] over these years.
Realising the strain passengers influx was putting on the existing facility, Government began putting steps in place to improve it – hence the birth of the airport expansion project.
The runway will be extended from 7,500 to 10,800 feet; while the terminal building, which got facelifts in the1960s, 1990s [Departures Terminal] and 2004 [Arrivals Terminal], will be transmogrified into a state-of-the-art facility.
While critics recognize the need for an extended runway, they are still unsure of the need for a new terminal building. But at the moment, the existing CJIA facility has reached the tipping point where airlines officials raised the alarm over the slow pace in which passengers are processed. Their biggest gripe is the inadequate space capacity to accommodate equipment and the necessary staffing to facilitate a seamless passenger experience.
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