Prez Ali meets DNATA CEO and discusses the creation of an air cargo terminal at CJIA in Guyana
Guyana: The President of Guyana, Dr Irfaan Ali met with Janis Balkans, CEO of New and Emerging Markets – International Airport Operations at Dubai National Air Travel Agency (dnata), part of the Emirates Group , Friday, April 1, 2022.
The meeting took place at the President’s office on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive.
While briefing on the meeting, Chairman Irfaan Ali said, “Today I met with Janis Balkans, CEO of New and Emerging Markets – International Airport Operations at Dubai National Air Travel Agency ( dnata), part of the Emirates Group, at the President’s office on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive.
He further described the main topics discussed during the meeting and said that the main discussions focused on the establishment of an air cargo terminal at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
President Ali pointed to the “tremendous opportunities” that exist to create not just a terminal but a hub.
Further, in sharing his observations, Balkens also highlighted the positive signs that “there is business here” in Guyana.
Cheddi Jagan International Airport was established in 1959 and dnata ensures that the aviation industry operates smoothly and efficiently at 131 airports in the Middle East, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, South Africa. North America and South America.
It offers ground handling, cargo, travel and in-flight catering services. It is also a strategic partner of West Jet and hundreds of other airlines.
Public Works Minister Juan Edghill, Public Works Minister Deodat Indar and CJIA CEO Ramesh Ghir also attended the meeting.
While appreciating President Dr. Irfaan Ali, several locals applauded the steps and underlined the importance of the airport.
One of the residents named Rabbiyah Khatoon said, “With all the new business investment generated, this is a great idea/proposal for a cargo terminal.”
Phil Andrew Ram added: “I will be the first to transit this route as my family is in India and I work in the cruise industry.”
Ray Al Maida said: “DATA is one of the best in the world if you can bring them to GUYANA; it is a great success.“