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Regional aviation handlers for 15th AGM in Guyana today

Unread post by bimjim » Fri May 18, 2018

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Regional aviation handlers for 15th AGM in Guyana today
18 May, 2018

Guyana’s aviation sector will record a modest but important milestone today when it commences the hosting of the 15th Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Aviation Handlers Association (CAHA) in the country’s capital, Georgetown.

The meeting which will be held at the recently created Symposium Conference Centre at Roraima Airways’ Duke Lodge Hotel, is expected to take an intense look at the readiness of the regional aviation industry to adequately measure up to the all-round aviation-related developmental needs of the Caribbean, a source close to the organizers told the Stabroek Business.

Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson will deliver the feature address at this morning’s opening session.

While the broad issue of continually raising operating standards at regional airports is expected to be part of the preoccupation of the forum, Stabroek Business understands that the discourses will venture into a range of other aviation-related areas including climate change and its implications for aviation, weather, ramp security and aviation safety. This newspaper understands that a number of airlines serving the Caribbean are represented at the meeting. Representatives of manufacturers and distributors of machinery and equipment used in the aviation industry including the French Company TLD and Florida Core of the United States are also expected to be represented at the meeting.

Yesterday morning a source close to the local organizers told Stabroek Business that the Canadian airline West Jet, which was due to be present at the meeting had to pull out on account of the fact that the company’s designated representative at the forum had encountered a personal emergency. However, the source told Stabroek Business that the Canadian airline’s non-participation at the CAHA forum does not in any way impact on the interest that it has already expressed in providing a passenger service between Canada and Guyana and that a West Jet team is to visit Guyana shortly for talks on the proposal. West Jet was founded in 1996 and already provides service to destinations in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

While the staging of the CAHA meeting here coincides with a growing regional recognition of the importance of qualitative enhancement of passenger and cargo services at airports as a critical cog in the wheel of the Caribbean’s development, its timing is also propitious for Guyana, coinciding as it does with a significant state investment in the modernizing of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri. Guyana is gearing itself to attract more airlift as part of the country’s broader development programme, including the more aggressive marketing of its tourism product. The authorities here are also currently gearing for what is scheduled to be the commencement of an American Airlines passenger service between Miami and Georgetown in December.

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