Just days after the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced a temporary disruption in nightly operations at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Fly Jamaica Airways has indicated the cancellation of a number of flights, which were booked during this period.
According to the GCAA, in order to facilitate the expansion works currently underway at the CJIA and to maintain the December 2017 deadline for the project, the Airport will be closed intermittently.
The main port of entry to Guyana will be placed on shutdown during the evenings of October 13 to November 3, 2017 to allow for construction works.
As a result, the Jamaican carrier has opted to cancel the majority of its flights slated for this period while leaving only one which is being shifted to depart at an earlier time.
Fly Jamaica, in a public release, indicated that in order to limit schedule changes and maintain on-time departures of subsequent flights, flight OJ262 – originally scheduled to depart Georgetown at 13:30h on Saturday, October 14 – has been rescheduled for an earlier departure and will now take off from the CJIA at approximately 18:00h local time today, Friday, October 13.
As such, passengers booked on this flight are asked to arrive for check-in at the CJIA between 14:30h (2pm) and 17:00h (5pm) on Friday, October 13 to cater for standard operating procedures.
Additionally, the carrier pointed out that early departures from Guyana, and the rerouting of some flights, may be necessary during the period of closure at the CJIA. This is to ensure arrivals at their North American destinations remain within the designated time slots.
Meanwhile, the airline has informed customers that several other flights to and from Kingston and Georgetown are cancelled, and passengers who are already booked will be re-accommodated on the next available flight. These cancellations will only take effect for trips in and out of Guyana during the disruption at the CJIA.
On that note, Fly Jamaica highlighted that reservation agents would be calling passengers booked on these flights to advise them of their new departure date and time.
In a similar light, Caribbean Airlines recently announced that its scheduled flights during this time will be relocated through the Eugene F Correia International Airport at Ogle, East Coast Demerara.
However, operations for all carriers are expected to return to normalcy after the completion of the necessary construction, which is aimed at wrapping up the CJIA expansion project by the end of this year.