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Close to 200 Cubans Stranded at CJIA as GCAA suspends Easy Sky operations

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By Leroy Smith

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) for the past few days took on the look as that of a camping ground as several Foreign Nationals, mainly Cubans, were left stranded at the facility.

The development began since last Thursday (April 20, 2017), after the carrier they were expected to leave the country with, Honduran-based airline Easy Sky was grounded.

During a visit to the airport on Monday night (April 24, 2017), the News Room observed close to one hundred and fifty Cuban Nationals awaiting their flight out of the country. The foreigners were accompanied by their luggage: mostly items which were purchased in wholesale quantities from several stores in Georgetown.

The few stranded passengers who knew little English refused to speak on the issue. It was also observed that there is a system in place where other Cubans who are based here in Guyana have been cooking for their stranded country men and women. The locally based Cubans have been delivering hot meals to the airport.

However, according to reports, the airline was granted temporary permission to fly here today (Tuesday, April 25, 2027), and evacuate the stranded passengers.

The Boeing 732 aircraft was granted permission to make more than one trips to take home the passengers.

EasySky, the airline transports passengers between Guyana and Cuba frequently.

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