Aircraft owners and operators to benefit from Guyana’s transformational development agenda

(September 24, 2020) Minister of Public Works, the Hon Bishop Juan Edghill, today, charged members of the Aviation Association to “dream big” as tremendous opportunities are available in the sector.

Minister Edghill, within whose purview the aviation sector falls, delivered that charge in his feature address at the Ogle Airport Incorporated (OAI) Annual General Meeting, which was held in the Departure Lounge.  

Minister Edghill said there are great investment opportunities within the aviation sector. He also outlined the plans for expansion and development in agriculture, mining, forestry, manufacturing, tourism, petroleum and information and communications technology (ICT).

The Minister also lauded the robust approach the PPP/C Administration has taken to facilitate development since coming into office. He noted that within 40 days of its leadership it has taken to Cabinet, for ‘no objections’ the application for the importation of at least seven new aircraft and the establishment of two new airstrips.

Not only will new airstrips be established, but funds will also be directed towards the maintenance and development of all airstrips, he said.

The Minister’s remarks were welcomed with loud applause by those assembled.

Minister Edghill then signalled his intention to issue contracts to Amerindian locals for the maintenance of the airstrips thereby generating income for those communities.  

The Minister then denounced the theft of the solar panels and called on locals to stop removing government infrastructure.  

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Ogle Airport, Michael Correia congratulated Minister Edghill on being elected to serve as Minister of Public Works. Correia said he was looking forward to collaborating with the Minister for the development of the aviation sector.

Director-General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Colonel (ret’d) Egbert Field, Air Transport Management Director, Saheed Sulaman, and  staff of the GCAA also attended the meeting.