Guyana passengers on first American Airlines flight delayed by 12 hours


American Airlines passengers who were scheduled to depart at 01:35 hrs Thursday on the airlines first direct flight from Guyana to New York have been delayed by 12 hours.

Passengers are forced to endure the delay because weather and other issues caused an almost four-hour delay with the incoming flight from New York’s JFK airport.

What was supposed to be the first direct flight took off two hours late from New York; passengers were told the reason was to clear ice which resulted from a shower just before take-off.  And then a stop had to be made in Puerto Rico to refuel. That, with other technical issues, took over an hour.

“As you know, we are very excited to continue to grow in Guyana. This growth shows the importance of this market.

“However, that success led to a full flight on flight 2896 – which due to weight restrictions – had to make a stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU),” said Justin Franco, a spokesman for American Airlines.

“The stop was required to put additional fuel to get to Georgetown,” he said.

Once the flight arrived in Guyana, passengers at the Cheddi Jagan International airport were told that the crew required rest and so their flight would now depart at around 13:30 hrs today, Thursday.

American’s daily flights were scheduled to leave JFK at 6 p.m. and arrive at GEO at 12:40 a.m. the following day.

The return flight is scheduled to leave GEO at 1:35 a.m. and arrive at JFK at 6:29 a.m.

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