New airline joins domestic market
By Bibi Khatoon
Four new planes will be joining the fleet of domestic air carriers within the next month as a new airline, Domestic Airways Incorporated on Monday, January 15, 2018, received certification from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
Domestic Airways Incorporated has been operating privately for approximately three years during which time it supplied shops owned by the company in various hinterland regions. However, in 2016 a decision was made to offer commercial services.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Airline, Orlando Charles noted that the airline will be offering its services to all interior locations.
Collecting his Air Operators Certificate at the Authority’s Head office at High Street Kingston, Georgetown, he explained that “with the conclusion of the application process and the certification, we are now eligible for charters, from individuals or companies.”
Director General of the Aviation Authority, Egbert Field related that this is the first new airline to enter the local market in two years. He urged the operator to maintain the standards set to attain certification and also continue to improve its capacity.
“Ensure that you not only maintain the standard that you had set at the time of certification but that you continue to elevate and proceed on an upward path when it comes to your operation,” Field said.
Meanwhile, the CEO and owner of the airline explained that there are currently two aircraft – one Cessna 172 and one Cessna 206 – but the company is hoping to repair four others in the coming months.
There are currently seven other domestic airlines operating out of the Eugene F. Correia International Airport with the largest fleet of aircraft owned by Air Services Limited, followed by Trans Guyana Airways.