GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The government of Guyana has granted approval for Fly Jamaica to operate the Georgetown/New York and the Georgetown/Toronto routes from Guyana.
Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Cabinet Secretary Dr Roger Luncheon stated that the approval came after the standard evaluative procedures were carried out by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), and the recommendations made to Cabinet by Minister of Public Works Robeson Benn.
Luncheon said that the approval would have come earlier, but the submission made to Cabinet was too late to be incorporated into the agenda for the statutory meeting.
It is hoped that flight operations would begin as early as possible after all formalities would have been completed. Nevertheless, Luncheon explained that Fly Jamaica should have completed those requirements and deposited the required bond of $40 million before the recommendation could have been made to Cabinet by Benn.
Delta Airlines, which previously operated the route, ceased operations in Guyana one month ago, stating it was no longer profitable to do so.
Prior to Delta’s exit, the government had been seeking interested airlines to fly the Guyana route. Apart from Fly Jamaica, it was also in discussions with JetBlue, which flies to several Caribbean countries.