Category Archives: Transportation

Caribbean governments should tax cruise sectors more than air passengers – Commentary

July 8, 2019 – By Robert MacLellan – Caribbean News Now

Caribbean taxes on cruise passengers vary widely….

Can tourism dependent Caribbean governments learn something from oil producing countries? When relatively small and poor oil-producing governments sought to get a fair price for oil, their main source of national revenue, they banded together to negotiate more effectively with the multi-national oil companies and the larger developed nations, which were the major consumers of their oil….. thus OPEC was formed.          Continue reading

My loyalty to CAL will be severely tested if the Trinidadians persist with this foolishness

  • Unnecessary Security checks at Piarco Airport

Stabroek News – Dear Editor,

I arrived in Trinidad & Tobago on Caribbean Airlines flight BW483 from Miami at approximately 7:30 p.m on Sunday, 30th June, 2019. The flight was on time and due to depart at 8:55 p.m for Guyana. The passengers for Guyana, however, were required to leave the plane. I was a wheelchair passenger.

To my astonishment, the wheelchair attendant informed me that my wife, travelling with me, could not accompany me in the elevator to the security check required for all passengers who are in-transit to Guyana. I pointed out that in every other airport I have travelled through as a wheelchair passenger my wife has remained with me to the check-in.      Continue reading

The pivotal role of aviation in regional integration – By David Jessop

The view from Europe: By David Jessop

David Jessop

Speaking at the end of the recent summit of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, was clear.

“We just have to close our eyes for a few seconds and appreciate the impact on the way of life of ordinary citizens and businesses in this region if LIAT were to cease its operations … There are economic consequences. I think the regional private sector needs to join forces with the governments and all of us in the region”, he told journalists.

In a similar vein his Antiguan counterpart, Gaston Browne, who is now the OECS chair, said that LIAT remained vital to “keeping our people connected”, and that the airline was a critical component in regional integration.    Continue reading

Guyana: Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine has big Dreams — by Francis Quamina Farrier

Mayor Ubraj Narine

In the American Musical show, “South Pacific”, there is that song with the following lyrics, ” You must have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”  In a very recent exclusive interview with His Worship, Mayor Ubraj Narine, JP, of Georgetown, he shared with me, some of his dreams for the improvement of Guyana’s Capital city.
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About three decades ago, Georgetown had descended from the glorious days of being known as “The Garden City of the Caribbean”, to the embarrassing title of, “The Garbage City”.  A great city had fallen from grace, due to the falling standards of those who were its citizens. Garbage and filth was everywhere. Then came the 2015 General Elections and a new group of leaders almost immediately, commenced a dramatic CLEAN-UP Campaign. Some three years later, a new Mayor is at the helm, and he has many dreams for the continuing improvement of the city.

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Delta Airlines is planning to re-enter the Guyana market – By Ray Chickrie

Delta Airlines

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – SkyTeam member, Delta Airlines (DA), is planning to re-enter the Guyana market amidst growing demand for more airlift from the United States especially after an upsurge of business travellers to Guyana since the country discovered about 6.5 billion barrels of oil and gas.

In 2008, Delta entered the Guyana market but abruptly pulled out in 2013 due to “poor performance of the route.”

An employee at Delta Airline and who doesn’t want to be identified, confirmed that the airline is planning to re-enter the Guyana market.              Continue reading

Senior Guyanese Friendship Association: Port Dover Cruise – June 22, 2019

 Flyer Download: Senior Guyanese Port Dover Cruise – 2019 

 

Guyana: “Best thing for North West” – The MV Kimbia is Back in service + video

MV Kimbia

May 26, 2019 – Guyana Chronicle

…North West Guyana (Region 1) residents praise recommissioning of MV Kimbia 
…cite easing of economic burden, potential for increased trade

CITING its economic importance, residents of the township of Mabaruma were out in their numbers on Wednesday May 22, 2019 to welcome the Transport and Harbours Department ferry MV Kimbia which returned to the area after some four years.

Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Annette Ferguson, was on hand to join the celebrations as the vessel moored at the port of Kumaka on Wednesday. Members of the business community were ecstatic that the spacious vessel, which was overhauled at a cost of more than G$400M, was finally back in service. Residents told the Guyana Chronicle that persons would be able to ferry more goods for sale in the capital city and it was noted too that the new seating arrangement as well as other improvements within the vessel impressed many. “I must say that thanks to the government that we have this vessel back with us. It is going to benefit us business people tremendously, because we won’t have to hire those private boats anymore,” a businessman noted.          Continue reading

Guyana Police –Guilty by  Omission: Of Failure to put Motorcycle Crime in Remission

By Yvonne Sam

Let the criminals know they may commit the crime and ride but will serve the time and cannot hide.

I am penning these few lines hoping that at the conclusion some degree of clarity will enshroud my enigmatic cranium. Once again (or as always) crime in Guyana is seemingly spiraling out of control.  While this in itself is of grave concern, even more serious is the mode of transportation being used by the perpetrators, along with an accompanying and increasing ability to elude capture.

At a press conference recently, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, in reference to the country’s current crime rate, spoke thus, “the impression that Guyana is in a “really bad state” as compared to other countries with regard to the country’s crime rate is “not true”., “sometimes this thing is emblazoned across the front pages of newspapers giving the impression as though we are in a real bad state, [but it’s] not really true”.            Continue reading

Guyana: New CJIA fees now embedded in ticket cost

Passengers travelling through the CJIA at Timehri .

Weeks after facing long lines and numerous complaints, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC) will now instead see new fees being charged at the time of tickets being purchased. The fees are supposed to help the airport recover some of the US$150M spent to renovate the airport.

According to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, all airport-related charges are included in the passenger tickets effective May 11, 2019.

“The airlines confirmed that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) had incorporated the fees into the price of the ticket and therefore passengers purchasing a ticket after May 11th 2019 will no longer be required to pay this charge separately.”            Continue reading

Eastern Airlines, formerly branded as Dynamic Airways, denied GEO-NYC license

Government rejects application of Eastern Airlines …says the re-branded Dynamic Airways still owes GRA, CJIA …some passengers still to be refunded

The decision, announced by Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson is directly related to the financial challenges of the airlines’ former brand, Dynamic Airways which has now been re-branded Eastern Airlines.

However, Guyanese travellers are familiar with Dynamic Airways and its troubles. In July 2017, following several instances when passengers were stranded at the CJIA and the John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, the carrier announced that it had filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition with the United States Bankruptcy Court. Hundreds of Guyanese passengers who had made bookings to fly on the troubled airline are still to receive the payments.    Continue reading

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