PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- According to reliable sources, the owners of the Suriname airline Fly Allways will cease operation of the airline on January 15 of this year.
Fly Allways officially started operations about a year ago on January 10, 2016, with the launch of its inaugural domestic flight. Its first commercial flight took place on January 22, 2016, to Barbados. Later in February 2016 first flights followed to Curacao and St Maarten.
Following years of setback towards certification to fly, with creditors awaiting payments, poor payloads, and one of its two Fokker 70 aircraft being used as a source of spare parts to keep the other one flying, Fly Allways has been facing an alarming financial future.
The airline’s financial situation did not reportedly allow the carrier to keep its second aircraft flying.
“Fly Allways request for an extension of maintenance time on major components of its aircraft such as the overhaul of the landing gear was not approved by the aviation authority of Suriname,” said a source. “This has led to the grounding of one aircraft, which is now being used as a source for parts of their sole flying Fokker 70.”
The closest place in the Caribbean where the Fokker can be serviced is Curacao; however, there were unconfirmed reports that neither of the two Fokkers went to Curacao for maintenance.
“After two years of sitting in Suriname, the two Fokkers haven’t been to a maintenance hangar. Fly Allways still does not have an approved maintenance base,” the source said.
“The load factor between Suriname, Guyana and Barbados is below 30 percent. Between Barbados and Guyana an average of 20 seats are occupied. Plans to commence service to Haiti have been cancelled,” confirmed a second source.
Just last month Fly Allways was granted a permit to operate scheduled flights between Guyana, Barbados and Suriname to Antigua, where it customarily stopped for refueling on its way to Haiti.