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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.    Continue reading

Guyana’s poor aviation safety standards affecting airlift – opinion

Guyana’s poor aviation safety standards affecting airlift

 Guyana lost its Category 1 status with the demise of Guyana Airways in 2001
GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana has failed in the past two decades to comply with the International Civil Aviation (ICAO) safety requirements, and for this reason the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been rated by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Category 2.

As a result, only US-based airlines can fly nonstop between Guyana and the United States, so with the demise of Dynamic Airways two weeks ago, which provided non-stop service between Georgetown and New York City, airlift between these two cities is at an all time low. Continue reading

Guyana airlift increases as additional airlines enter the market

Guyana airlift increases as additional airlines enter the market
Published on October 26, 2015 – By Ray Chickrie  – Caribbean News Now contributor

COPA Airlines

GEORGETOWN, Guyana– A decade ago, Guyana was only served by a few airlines. Today that number has more than doubled, and airlines have also increased their frequency on existing routes in recent weeks. Moreover, more international carriers are set to enter the Guyana market in the near future.

Due to high demand for its superior service, Star Alliance member, COPA Airlines of Panama, which entered the Guyana market just over a year ago, is adding two additional flights to Guyana from its Panama hub in December. With two additional flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, COPA will double its frequency to four weekly.
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Airlines: JetBlue in discussions to start flights to Guyana

JetBlue in discussions to start flights to Guyana

JetBlue_A320_at_OrlandoFLORIDA, United States, Tuesday September 15, 2015 – US airline JetBlue has initiated discussions with the Guyana government about introducing flights into that country.

The initial talks were held on the sidelines of the recent Florida Conference on Current Caribbean Issues: The Diaspora Discussion and will be followed up with a team from the airline visiting Guyana to address the issue in more detail with the relevant government ministries and agencies.  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

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