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Suriname in final phase of negotiations with American air carrier
Published on February 9, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor

PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Negotiations are in the final stages to bring an American air carrier to Suriname. This was disclosed on Thursday by Minister of Transport, Communication and Tourism (TCT), Falisi Pinas, at the opening of a five-day aviation workshop in Paramaribo by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to enhance various aspects of security in this sector.

According to Pinas, it is very important that Suriname is accessible to the rest of the world. His government wants more airlines to fly to Suriname and also wants Surinam Airways (SLM) to expand its network as well. This will increase tourism, according to the minister.

SLM is looking to expand its fleet of Boeing 737s and expand its network to New York, the Caribbean and Northern Brazil. In addition, the government of Suriname is discussing with Avianca Airlines of Colombia, through the government of that country, to connect Paramaribo with some major cities in South America.

Suriname recently signed an open skies agreement with the United States and has embarked on the modernization of the Johan Pengel International Airport in order to capitalize on the country’s growing tourism industry.
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