Tag Archives: Caribbean Airlines (CAL)

TRAVEL: Fly Jamaica still owes Guyanese millions in refunds since 2019

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However, the discussion quickly evolved into one that saw the travel agents lodging complaints with the minister and the Director-General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field, about the failure of airlines to process cash refunds.

The meeting took place at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC).      Continue reading

TRAVEL: No interest in resuming commercial flights to Guyana – Minister Edghill

— Charters by Eastern Airline from New York and Miami being approved  — WESTJET seeking approval for Canada – Georgetown flights

Eastern Airlines

With many international air carriers still not back in operation, the new government through the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is currently engaged in reviewing applications for limited inbound and outbound flights out of Guyana.

Minister of Public Works Mr. Juan Edghill said Tuesday during a press conference that flights have been approved for the months of September and October, 2020 by Eastern Airlines. The GCAA will publish the dates where all interested parties could be made aware of the flights from New York and Miami.  Continue reading

TRAVEL: Caribbean Airlines To Resume Regional And International Schedules From Jamaica Hub

Trinidad and Tobago is still closed to routine international travel
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, June 30, 2020 (CMC) – The State-owned air carrier, Caribbean Airlines (CAL), announced, it will resume its regional and international operations, from July 6, on a phased basis, out of its hub in Jamaica.

The airline, like many others, worldwide, was grounded as countries closed their borders to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a letter, sent to customers, CAL thanked them for “bearing with us, during what has undoubtedly, been an extremely challenging period”.          Continue reading

Airfares to Guyana at an all time high again – By Ray Chickrie

Airfares to Guyana at an all time high again
September 4, 2015 – By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor
Caribbean_Airlines_logo-600x270NEW YORK, USA — Airfares to Guyana are again at an all-time high, despite promises by Caribbean Airlines (CAL), which controls over 75 percent of the Guyana market. For at least a year, advance booking summer and Christmas season airfares from New York to Guyana have remained above US$900, notwithstanding promises from CAL that it wouldn’t exploit the monopoly it holds over the Guyana skies.

CAL is the only scheduled airline operating from New York to Georgetown, Guyana. After Trinidad and Tobago, Georgetown is CAL’s second busiest route.   Continue reading

JetBlue eyes future Guyana market

JetBlueJetBlue eyes future Guyana market

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor – August 26, 2015

NEW YORK, USA — The Guyanese public has been using Facebook and other social media outlets to lobby JetBlue to enter the Guyana market especially, since JetBlue commenced services to Trinidad, airfares from New York and Florida to that Caribbean island are as low as US$300 round trip from New York City.

A very large Guyanese community exists in the East Coast of the United States, who have faced “fly-by- night” airlines and exorbitant airfares to their native country for the past three decades. However, if JetBlue adds Guyana to its extensive Caribbean network, it could be a game changer. Continue reading

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) suffers US$60m loss for 2014

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) suffers US$60m loss for 2014

Larry Howai

Larry Howai

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) unaudited accounts for 2014 show a loss of US$60 million although the airline plans to achieve breakeven by 2017, Finance Minister Larry Howai said yesterday.  Replying to an Opposition question in the Senate, Howai said  CAL’s accounts for 2014 haven’t been completed. “We estimated though that the company would have lost about US$60 million in 2014. The audited accounts for 2014 are not scheduled for completion until the second half of this year.

“When the new board took office, a number of audits were outstanding. By the end of this year all audits will be up to date. The unaudited accounts for 2014 show a loss of US$60m in 2014,” he said. The minister said the figure was for the entire operation, including Jamaica. Continue reading

CJIA passengers to bypass screening process while transiting T&T

CJIA passengers to bypass screening process while transiting T&T

(13 October 2013 – Demerara Waves) –  The tedious process of disembarking at Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) Piarco International Airport, passing through security before boarding an aircraft to the United States will be something of the past – effective November 1, 2013, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport said Sunday.

The United States of America Transport Security Administration (TSA) has approved the request for the alternate procedure to be applied for GEO passengers transiting in Port of Spain (POS).

Hon. Robeson Benn, Minister of Transport, is pleased with the decision.

“It means that passengers leaving Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and passing through POS can do so hassle free. The existing process prompted numerous complaints and we had to urgently address the situation with Caribbean Airlines (CAL) officials,” he said.  Continue reading

Regional aviation may improve as CAL subsidy ends

 Regional aviation sectors may improve as Caribbean Airlines subsidy ends

September 16, 2013 – By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor

PARAMARIBO, Suriname — The recent announcement that, from October, Caribbean Airlines (CAL) will no longer receive a Trinidad and Tobago government fuel subsidy — if it is indeed true and not a hoax as some observers have suggested — may benefit the Guyana and Suriname aviation sectors in particular.

CAL’s monopoly over Guyana’s skies has allegedly kept other airlines from entering the Guyana market and state-owned Suriname Airways (SLM) has often complained about CAL’s fuel subsidy as unfair competition.

In what may or may not be a related coincidence, just after the announcement of the removal of CAL’s fuel subsidy, SLM and the government of Suriname are now discussing a US$200 million modernization and expansion plan for the state-owned airline.  Continue reading

Government confirms Caribbean Airlines flag carrier status – video

Guyana Government confirms Caribbean Airlines flag carrier status – 9th May 2013

At a time when Caribbean Airlines  is  reportedly facing what amounts to more than $TT500 million in debt, the Guyana Government has confirmed that it has granted the airline flag carrier status. The announcement came just three days after U.S. carrier Delta Airlines ended its service to Guyana. The move by Delta has left Caribbean […]

Also read the Kaieteur News report:                   Continue reading

Guyana can’t trust CAL and Trinidad – Letter

Guyana can’t trust CAL and Trinidad – Letter

Published on May 12, 2012 – submitted by Ray Chickrie

Dear Editor:
The arrival of Suriname Airways (SLM) over the skies of Guyana comes at a critical time when Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is facing major financial troubles and that is compounded with the demise of REDjet Airlines, which brought competition to CAL on the Antigua, Barbados and Trinidad routes.

Experts are predicting more financial woes for CAL since its acquisition of Air Jamaica. CAL/Air Jamaica recorded a loss of $96 million last year, and with the recent acquisition of two old Boeing 767-300 to service the London routes, this is expected to increase drastically.

These developments and Guyana’s struggle to attract reputable airlines forced the government of Guyana to seek Paramaribo’s help in bringing back SLM to Georgetown. Continue reading