Caribbean Airlines has informed travel agents in Guyana and Canada that the airline will discontinue its non-stop service between Georgetown and Toronto with effect from January 15, 2015.
All of the airline’s flights between Georgetown and Toronto will now stop in Trinidad and Tobago.
The decision comes exactly two years after the airline launched the non-stop service between the two destinations. At the time of the launching back in 2012, Caribbean Airlines was also granted flag carrier status by the government of Guyana for the route.
Sources close to a number of local travel agencies told News Source that the airline did not give a reason for the decision to end the non-stop service. Some agencies received a notice about the decision early in December while others were informed in November.
News Source understands that the airline will also have to inform the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority and the Cheddi Jagan Airport about its decision to end the service.
When contacted on Tuesday, a local official of the airline said the airline intends to cut its fleet by three aircraft in the new year as part of a restructuring plan and as a result some of its services will have to be cut.
When the airline launched its non-stop service and was granted full flag carrier status in 2012, it was the only carrier plying the Toronto route from Guyana. Since then, Fly Jamaica has entered the market and has been offering its own non-stop service which according to that airline has been performing well.
Caribbean Airlines operated the non-stop service between the two destinations twice per week, while the direct service which would stop in Trinidad would operate daily.
Sources close to the airline have revealed that the non-stop service has not been performing as well as the airline expected and with another airline on the route, officials of the airline thought it best to cut costs and just allow the direct flights to continue.
Filed: 23rd December, 2014