GEORGETOWN, Guyana, March 26, 2013 – An in-flight Guyana Airport Preferences Survey conducted by LIAT has found that the Ogle Airport, located on the outskirts of Georgetown, would be more convenient to the majority of customers polled.
LIAT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Captain Ian Brunton announced the results of the survey as he addressed attendees at the Certification of the Ogle International Airport as a Regional Class Airport this afternoon.
“A total of 625 persons completed the survey of which 62.24 per cent chose Ogle while 37.76 per cent chose Cheddi Jagan International,” Captain Brunton said, noting that “the majority of respondents – 84 per cent – were not residents of Guyana.”
The LIAT CEO did not announce a date for commencement of commercial service into Ogle since he said there were other requirements for this to take effect.
“One critical component is the VOR/DME, which is an important Navigational Aid. We have been advised by the management of Ogle that this will be in place by the end of this year,” Captain Brunton said.
“However, we expect to be able to begin commercial operations into Ogle by mid-2013, using R-Nav Approaches (GPS).”
The LIAT CEO revealed that it was in 2010 that the Ogle Airport management shared their plans to extend the runway to accommodate ATR series and Dash – 8 series class of aircraft, noting that LIAT’s Executive Management immediately agreed to review the possibility of beginning service to Ogle as an alternative to Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
He said it was determined that the closer proximity to Georgetown would give the airline a competitive advantage since flying into Ogle would mean Reduced Flying Time and an annual fuel reduction for LIAT.
As part of today’s event, a LIAT flight landed at Ogle for the very first time. The flight which originated at LIAT’s home base in Antigua touched down just after 3:00 pm. The aircraft will take off at approximately 7:00 pm at the conclusion of the ceremony for the return flight to Antigua.
During his speech, Captain Brunton congratulated the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority on the achievement of 100 years of aviation during this month; and the Ogle Airport management on the completion of the Phase II Development including the Class 2C Runway and the expanded terminal facilities.