Guyana, Saudi Arabia to expand air transport as agreement is signed

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Guyana signed an Air Services Agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Monday to promote and facilitate the expansion of international air services opportunities between the two countries.

The Agreement was signed in Riyadh by Minister of Transport and Logistic Services for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser and Guyana’s Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill.

Guyana was invited by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to sign the Agreement and participate in the Future Aviation Forum which is currently being held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during the period May 9-11, 2022.

The Agreement addressed matters pertaining to Grant of Rights; Designation and Revocation; User Charges; Recognition of Certificates and Licences; Tariffs; Commercial Opportunities; Fair Competition, Environmental Protection, among other matters.

Minister Edghill said “presently there is no direct flight between Guyana and Saudi Arabia, however, this Agreement puts in place the legal framework that open market access for airlines to operate and enhance competitive air transport services, trade, and economic growth between the two countries.”

From L – R: Guyana’s Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill. and Minister of Transport and Logistic Services for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser

The Gulf carriers from United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been playing a significant role in global connectivity for passengers and cargo over the last two decades. Saudia, the national airline of Saudi Arabia is the third largest airline in the Middle East in terms of revenue, behind Emirates and Qatar Airways. The airline operates international flights to over 94 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Minister Edghill further said “through the signature of the Guyana-Saudi Arabia Air Services Agreement, we anticipate that it will serve as impetus for Saudia, the national airline of Saudi Arabia to explore air services t0 Guyana, Latin America and the Caribbean since the airline does not have a presence in this region of the world.”

The signing of this Agreement is in keeping with the Government’s commitment of connecting Guyana with the rest of the world.

This Agreement complements the more than 50 Air Services Agreements Guyana has established with other ICAO States for the development of the airlink among States.

Guyana and Saudi Arabia established formal diplomatic relations on February 22, 2012. (Extracted and modified from the Department of Public Information)

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