Chief Executive Officer of Timehri International Airport Ramesh Ghir, has taken issue with what he calls the cavalier utterances of a Fly Jamaica Airways executive over horrible security at the airport. What is most offending he said in a terse but crisp statement issued late yesterday, is that the official didn’t even have the courtesy to raise her concerns about cocaine with the relevant authorities first before going public.
“It is very disappointing and unfortunate that a director of Fly Jamaica would choose to publicly address her concerns about drug incidents at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) without first engaging the airport authorities about such anxiety,” Ghir said in his statement, adding: “As Chairman of the Airport Security Committee and head of the Airport Corporation, I can safely say that no such concern was ever raised with us; not even at the level of the Board of Directors and these are things we deal with internally.”
The airline official at reference is Fly Jamaica’s Public Relations Manager, Ms. Roxanne Reece, who, earlier in the day at a press conference, said Guyana is plagued by drug smuggling, but that the airline will do whatever it takes necessary to ensure that no such thing occurs on their flights, though admittedly, that’s going to be an uphill battle, given the open cocaine market that exists at the airport.
Besides calling for a more robust system of surveillance, and better remuneration for airport staff so as they won’t yield to the temptation to make a quick buck, Reece said what Fly Jamaica would ideally like to see happen is the implementation of a system that is more efficient and reliable, though that would all depend in the long-run upon the salaries people are paid and the level of people being employed.
Taking cognizance of the foregoing issues, Ghir said in reply: “We will be happy to engage the staff and directors of Fly Jamaica to address any cocaine-related questions that they may have. We’re not making any promises though.”
He continued, “The airport’s corporation and its security committee remain steadfast to continuously working with its stakeholders to improve passengers’ experience. Cocaine is another matter we will deal with at some point in the future as this is a complex issue. We remain very excited, and look forward to Fly Jamaica getting on board!”