Suriname Airways eyes GEO-NYC route

Suriname Airways eyes GT/NY route

SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 | BY  |
Suriname Airways

Suriname Airways

Suriname Airways Guyana Station Manager, Rudi Westerborg yesterday confirmed that the airline is currently eyeing the Georgetown/ New York route. Suriname Airways currently operates the Georgetown/Miami route which flies out twice per week.

Westerborg yesterday explained to Kaieteur News that company officials are hoping to begin operations between the two destinations in November of this year. He said that Suriname Airways recently acquired another aircraft, thus bringing space to travel to other destinations.  

According to Westerborg, the move is to satisfy persons who have been continuously asking about whether they would buy into the New York market. He further told Kaieteur News that management has taken their discussions to Suriname and once everything goes well Surinam Airways will be willing to serve the Guyanese public further.

Last year Suriname Airways began their direct flights between Guyana and Miami. The airline flies on Tuesdays and Saturdays from the airline’s base at the Johan Pengel Airport in Suriname to Georgetown.

Caribbean Airlines is the only other carrier serving the Miami market from Guyana and that airline is currently the only one flying between Georgetown and New York.

Earlier this year Delta Airlines pulled out from the Guyana market stating they had profitability problems. Government had said they were puzzled by the pullout since from all indications the US airline seemed to be doing well. Indications were that it was commanding near full passenger loads, racking up its highest percentage…89 per cent, according to Transport Minister, Robeson Benn.
Government had denied reports that Delta was unhappy because Government businesses were taken away from the airline- businesses like diplomatic bags and mail.

There were also persistent rumours that Delta was unhappy that Government was planning to grant Caribbean Airlines flag-carrier status. Government had also denied a report that the airline was pressured after baggage belonging to former President Bharrat Jagdeo was searched.

Works Minister Robeson Benn had provided figures of how well Delta was doing, moving from 36,695 passengers between June-December 2008 to 78,221 last year.

“The Guyana aviation sector and its passengers have benefitted from the Delta experience. The ongoing and intended improvements at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, especially the slated runway extension and new terminal building, allow us to hold the door open for Delta’s rethink of its options for its engagement in Guyana,” Benn had said during a press conference in February on Delta’s planned pullout.

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Comments

  • Gloria Y Fredericks  On 09/04/2013 at 7:40 am

    This is encouraging. Wondering whether Suriname Airline would consider increasing it’s Miami GT route to more than twice a week. Would love to see what other customers feel about this announcement.

  • Deen  On 09/04/2013 at 11:59 am

    Good news!
    This was an obvious option which was suggested on this forum when Caribbean Airlines had exercised its monopoly muscles by significantly increasing airfare for the GT/NY route…..and since Trinidad was being discourteous and insulting to some Guyanese travelers.
    Guyana can do better and the Guyana government must do better for its people..

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