Fly Jamaica gets ready for Guyana landing

Fly Jamaica gets ready for Guyana landing

Guyanese owned, Jamaican airline Fly Jamaica is making final arrangements with the United States Customs Authorities to begin its service to New York from Guyana.

The Airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Paul Reece told News Source on Tuesday that the airline is still in talks with U.S Customs and once those talks are completed and everything has been finalised, an announcement of the start-up date will be announced. Captain Reece is currently in Guyana ¬†and is expected to meet with Government officials as the carrier prepares to roll out its Guyana service in time for the busy July and August travel season.

He explained that there are “some approvals” still to be given by the U.S Customs and his airline is working around the clock to get everything done.

The Government of Guyana last week announced that it has given the green light for the airline to begin its service from Georgetown to Toronto and New York. The airline would have to lodge G$40 Million bond with the Guyana government before take off.

The airline began its service back in February with flights between Jamaica and New York. It’s entry into the Guyana market comes less than a month after the Government of Guyana gave flag carrier status to Caribbean Airlines. Persons in and out of Guyana have been complaining about the high Caribbean Airlines fares. The Government of Guyana has also been expressing some concern of its own.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago recently fired and replaced the entire Board of Directors of Caribbean Airlines as the carrier faced financial and management problems.

Senior Guyana Government officials have said Fly Jamaica could launch its Guyana service as early as July.

(Filed: 11th June, 2013)

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