Just days after the implementation of the Passenger Facilitation Fee for travellers flying out of the Eugene F Correia International Airport (EFCIA), the Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT) has announced their compliance to this new condition.
This announcement was made in a joint release issued by EFCIA and LIAT on Thursday following consultation between the Airport and the regional domestic carrier.
On Monday, July 24, 2017, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) hosted a meeting with a team from LIAT led by Chief Executive Officer, Julie Reifer-Jones and representatives from the Ogle Airport Inc to discuss concerns relating to the airport Passenger Facilitation Fee. At the meeting, it was declared that LIAT’s passengers are required to pay for the use of facilities at the EFCIA which is to be charged to the airline.
The fee which is to take effect on September 1, 2017, amounts to $3600 for all adult international passengers, while children ages seven and under are expected to pay a total of $2400.
On that note, LIAT pledged commitment to working with the Airport’s management in ensuring that this fee is being paid on schedule and in accordance with an agreed payment plan.
This was after both parties agreed that an airport Passenger Facilitation Fee is normal and that is it legitimate to charge passengers for their use of the airport’s facilities. It was noted that this income will be directed toward the maintenance of the country’s secondary port of entry.
As a result, the fee will be included in the LIAT’s ticket prices and will appear on any booking option for international flights departing Guyana from the Eugene F Correia International Airport.
The Passenger Facilitation Fee to take effect at the Eugene F Correia International Airport on September 1, 2017 mirrors that of the Airport Taxes which has been in place for a number of years at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
In light of LIAT’s prompt acknowledgment and acceptance of the newly instituted passenger charges, the Eugene F Correia International Airport recognises LIAT as an important and valued customer of the Airport and boasts a lengthy collaboration with the airline in the deliverance of travel services here to and from Guyana.