TRAVEL: COVID-19: Over 1300 persons repatriated to Guyana – GCAA Chairman

Inewsguyana – July 4, 2020

The National Covid-19 Task Force has managed to repatriate over 1,300 Guyanese back to their homeland, after being stranded overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   This is according to Chairman of the Guyana Civil Aviation Commission (GCAA), retired Colonel Larry Landon, during a virtual press briefing today.

Landon sought to underscore the decision made to extend Phase One of the reopening plan, which means that the current setup will remain in place until the ending of July. After that, an assessment will be made to determine if the Second Phase should be employed.

With persons coming in from North America, St. Marteen, Aruba, Trinidad and Barbados, he indicated that other flights will be facilitated in the coming weeks. On July 9, the first flight from Canada will land at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA). Other flights from the United States are scheduled for July 14 and 15.

GCAA Director General Egbert Field had noted that the Authority and the NCTF considered the health of Guyanese and the nation as top priority, thus, it was imperative to adjust the Four-Phase Reopening Plan. Under phase one, limited repatriation flights, outgoing flights, cargo flights, medivac flights, technical stops, and special authorised flights will continue to be permitted.

In light of this, no airline has been granted approval for the conduct of scheduled commercial flights.

approval for the conduct of scheduled commercial flights.

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