JetBlue for inaugural flight on Friday; discussion intensifies on return of Fly Always

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JetBlue’s inaugural flight to Guyana will touch down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Friday, December 11, 2020 as previously announced.

Guyanese authorities are preparing to welcome the carrier, recognised as a leading airline in Latin America and the Caribbean. The airline will be offering new nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Guyana CJIA.

As previously announced, flights will initially operate up to four times weekly on JetBlue’s new Airbus A321neo aircraft.

Guyana becomes the fourth country in South America that JetBlue serves and grows the airline’s presence in the Caribbean and Latin America to nearly 40 destinations. The new nonstop flights between New York City and Georgetown will be made possible by the A321neo’s extended range and fuel efficiency.

Meanwhile, Works Minister Juan Edghill said Monday that government was intensifying its discussion with Suriname’s Fly Always for return to Guyana.

This comes even as Guyana and Suriname signed an open skies air services agreement. In August 2016, the Suriname-based airline had launched its inaugural flight from Guyana to Barbados but later gave up the market over reported poor market conditions.

Fly Always has applied for a two-year licence and members of the public were asked to submit written objections or representations by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

Edghill said the Guyanese authorities will engage the airline in a follow up meeting shortly to move the process forward.

No startup date has been announced.

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