With the recent spike in coronavirus cases locally, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has delayed the phased reopening of the country’s international airports.
The Cheddi Jagan International Airport was set to reopen its runway today for international commercial flights. However, in a statement, the GCAA said it consulted with the Ministry of Public Health and has made some adjustments to its reopening plan.
The Director-General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority Egbert Field said the Authority and the National COVID-19 Task Force consider the health of Guyanese and the nation as a top priority and that triggered the delay in the reopening plan.
The airports under the current phase will continue to allow limited repatriation flights, outgoing flights, cargo flights, medivac flights and special authorized flights.
Phase Two which is expected to allow additional repatriation and commercial flights will now commence on the 1st August.
The GCAA has made it clear that no airline has been granted approval for the conduct of a scheduled commercial operation.
The Authority says it has drafted Regulations and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to guide aviation stakeholders on the measures which are expected to aid in the mitigation of the spread of Covid-19 and the full resumption of aviation-related activities.
The GCAA has noted that it will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Guyana.
The Airports have already put several systems and safety measures in place for their eventual reopening.