InterCaribbean Airways to join Fly Allways as new regional carriers in Guyana
The government has granted approval for two regional airlines to begin plying the Georgetown route soon.
With no start up date announced, Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill, on Monday said the Cabinet approval was granted recently to InterCaribbean Airways. It comes weeks after Fly Allways was also granted approval.
This will be the first time that InterCaribbean Airways, a passenger airline based in the Turks and Caicos Islands, will transport passengers to and from Guyana.
According to a route map on InterCaribbean Airways website, the airline will fly directly from Guyana to Barbados with connecting flights to the rest of the Caribbean.
However, the Surinamese airline – Fly Allways had entered the Guyana market in 2016 but pulled out a year later, claiming a lack of customer support. Upon its return, the airline is slated to operate between Paramaribo, Georgetown and Antigua; Paramaribo, Georgetown and Barbados; and Paramaribo Georgetown and Curacao.
Minister Edghill, who was at the time meeting with Travel Service Agents at the Arthur Chun Conference Centre on Monday, said the government was also engaging other new airlines to come to Guyana.
He said discussions are also continuing with Virgin Airlines with a telephone call scheduled soon between himself and the Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Edghill believes that with the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Guyana’s ambition of being a hub for regional travel and international connectivity will soon be realised.
He said Guyana aims be a major link between the Caribbean and South America. (Kurt Campbell)