CJIA, EFC airports closed to all international flights for 14 days
– domestic flights will continue as per normal
– effective from March 18 at midnight
–priority given to outgoing cargo flights, technical stops, medivac flights,
DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has decided to close both of Guyana’s airports – the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and the Eugene F. Correia International Airport – to international flights to the slow the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The Civil Aviation Authority in order to slow the process of this virus and in consultation with the Ministry of Health has decided with the approval of the Cabinet Taskforce to close all airports to all international flights.” GCAA Director General Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Egbert Field disclosed during a high-level press briefing today.
Priority will be given to outgoing flights cargo flights, medivac flights, technical stops of aircraft that require fuel and specially authorised flights the Director-General said.
The stipulation will take effect from March 18 at midnight for two weeks.
Field noted that the Authority will be in close contact with the Ministry of Health and the Ministerial Taskforce to ensure the 14 days are adequate. However, if the need arises for the period to be extended, the airports will remain closed to international flights.
Guyana joins Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname and many other countries in the closing of their airports to international flights.Domestic flights will continue as per normal these will also be meticulously examined by GCAA inspectors.