The Eugene F. Correia Airport at Ogle is about to get a little busier with international flights as Caribbean Airlines is getting set to operate several flights to the airport using its ATR 72-600 planes.
The move comes as Guyana’s main international airport, the Cheddi Jagan Airport will close its runway to evening flights on several days over the next three weeks, as the airport expansion continues.
News Source understands that Caribbean Airlines officials and its security team have already paid visits to the much smaller Ogle Airport to carry out inspections and prepare for the night flights with the small ATR aircraft.
The Public Relations Officer for the Cheddi Jagan Airport, Aneka Edwards, explained that from this coming Friday until November 2nd, the Cheddi Jagan Airport’s runway will close on a number of nights to allow contractors to continue some of the runway expansion works.
She said the runway will be made available to airlines at nights when they have to operate large flights. The night time closure will run from 6:00pm to 6:00am.
Caribbean Airlines is expected to operate its small flights between Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana at the Ogle airport during that period, using the ATR aircraft, which accommodates just over 60 passengers.
LIAT already operates two daily flights from the Ogle Airport using the same ATR aircraft. That service by LIAT has worked out well for the airline financially and it has stopped all operations to the Cheddi Jagan Airport.
Although the Eugene F. Correia Airport at Ogle is much smaller, LIAT passengers enjoy the convenience of arriving closer to the capital city of Georgetown. The drive from Ogle to Georgetown is just about 10 to 15 minutes.
The drive from CJIA at Timehri to Georgetown is close to an hour.