CJIA & sponsors wow passengers ‘Guyanese style’

16th December, 2013

TIMEHRI - Black cake is synonymous with Guyana’s culture during the Christmas holidays, and passengers arriving at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) this morning, December 16 were in for tasty treats.

A little after 9 a.m., two Caribbean Airlines aircraft touched down and were greeted by the CJIA’s Customer Service Representatives (CSRs); DDL ‘El Dorado ladies’; Edward Beharry ‘Chico man’ and his beautiful helpers, as well as, Windsor Estates and Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) ‘black cake’ ladies for the meet and greet event.

Santa hats will also be distributed.

Not to be outdone, CJIA’s Santa and his personal one man band kept the festive momentum going with their own brand of uniqueness. As usual, the duo was a massive hit with the children.

Meanwhile, the students of Success Elementary choir gave youthful yet masterful renditions of Christmas carols while the Republican Steel Orchestra added that ‘pan’ touch of class.

According to Indranauth Haralsingh, director of GTA, there is no Christmas like the one in Guyana.

“It is very proud moment to greet passengers in this style and fashion and it is only Christmas time [we do this] but other major Guyana celebrations including Mashramani, Easter, Phawah, Emancipation and Diwali….this make CJIA unique and one of the friendliest airports in this part of the world,” he added.

The annual meet and greet concludes on December 24.

The Oasis Café, DDL, Windsor Estates, and Friendly’s Restaurant and Bar, Bakewell, Digicel, Candy Corner; Edward Beharry, the Caribbean International Distributors Inc. (CIDI) are on board to make the litany of activities a remarkable and memorable one.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, the airport’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ramesh Ghir said that the CJIA’s annual parade, now in its sixth year, will take place on December 20. 

“We have a number of sponsors with us, and we will take the opportunity to go into the Timehri North area and share out some gifts,” he told reporters.

He also introduced the airport’s three Customer Service Representatives (CSRs). The unit was established two and half months ago with the view of improving the quality of services offered.

“These persons are on the ground to assist passengers with any concerns whether it be challenges with immigration forms, baggage, [or] if they need a telephone,” Ghir disclosed.

On the security front, the CEO expressed his confidence “that all will be well” since security has heightened.