US$100,000 study to upgrade Lethem Aerodrome
DPI, Guyana, Friday, July 6, 2018
One-hundred-thousand United States dollars (US$100,000) has been awarded for consultancy services to conduct a pre-feasibility study for the upgrading of the Lethem Aerodrome, Region Nine, Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo into a regional airport.
This was announced by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at his weekly post-Cabinet press briefing on July 5. The contract was awarded to Colombian company GSD PLUS SAS Consultancy.
The government aims to upgrade the airport’s runway and taxiway to meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards as well as the provision of the terminal and auxiliary facilities for its operations.
The general objective of the study is to determine the main costs and benefits associated with this project and analyze how the economic development impacts could be maximized. The study will perform a diagnostic of problems, limitations and trends of domestic and regional air transport services with the aim to make Lethem an important hub for air transportation between Northern Brazil, Guyana and the Caribbean.
Additionally, the study will develop a framework and recommendations for the institutional and operational setup at the proposed Lethem Airport based on the diagnosis performed and an efficient operation standard. Preliminary designs and improvement measures regarding infrastructure, technology and safety in accordance with ICAO requirements must also be provided.
By: Synieka Thorne