TRAVEL: Virgin Atlantic; other airlines apply to fly to Guyana; two hotels near CJIA proposed

Aviation Minister Juan Edghill on Wednesday November 4, announced  that the United Kingdom-headquarterd airline, Virgin Atlantic, is among several carriers that have applied to fly to Guyana.

Mr. Edghill hoped that the new Board of Directors of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) would eventually greenlight that application fir Virgin Atlantic to begin scheduled flights to Guyana.   

He said InterCaribbean, West Jet and Fly Always have also applied to serve Guyana. West Jet has been providing repatriation flights since the COVID-19 pandemic. InterCaribbean is hoping to replace cash-strapped and grounded LIAT on many regional routes.

JetBlue, he noted, would soon begin five weekly flight to Guyana. That application had been approved several months ago.

Minister Edghill also announced that the new People’s Progressive Party Civic-led administration would be continuing with plans to modernise the Lethem Aerodrome into a regional airline terminal. “We could duplicate Lethem at Ogle,” he said in reference to the Eugene F. Correia “Ogle” Airport, East Coast Demerara. He said an upgrade at Lethem could facilitate direct and connecting flights to neighbouring Brazil.

“We want to ensure the world visits Guyana and Guyana visits the world,” he said.

Mr. Edghill also announced that two undisclosed investors have submitted proposals to build two hotels at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.

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  • kamtanblog  On 11/05/2020 at 2:04 am

    Nice one
    Virgin flights to Guyana ?
    At what price ?
    EasyJet fly to most EU for a pittance
    booked many months in advance !
    I flew all over EU from
    Gatwick for less than £50 return bookable
    weeks/months in advance “on line”.
    Why pay £500-1000 London GT with
    Virgin ? Joke !
    So many more cities in EU to visit for £50rtn

    Kamtan aka world traveller 🧳

    • Dennis Albert  On 11/05/2020 at 10:02 am

      Flights are dear in the colder countries.

      The oil companies have jacked up flight prices.

      The UK travellers pay US$1,800+ these days.
      Canadians living in Toronto pay US$1,500 return flight during the wet season. They have to book a US$200 flight to Miami and pay the US$500 return trip instead.

      The Catch-22 is that the population must grow from the 800,000 to at least 8 million before flights are economical in this part of the world.

  • brandli62  On 11/05/2020 at 4:16 am

    It will definitely be nice to to have a nonstop flight from London to Georgetown. For travellers coming from the continent, it will however be important that the Virgin flights depart from Heathrow rather than Gatwick.

  • Dennis Albert  On 11/05/2020 at 9:59 am

    If you travel down from providence to Grove, you will notice lots of makeshift houses along the dam.

    If a census was done today, the population of our nation might be in excess of 850,000 persons.

    These air flights are only going to bring in these types of persons:
    1) Predatory investors
    2) Future robbery victims (remigrants)
    3) Sindicatos and the MS-13

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