The Government has announced that Guyanese owned, Fly Jamaica Airways, has been granted approval to begin services between Guyana and Cuba.
Fly Jamaica had applied several months ago to begin the service, and there were some concerns that the approval was being delayed. However, at his post-cabinet press briefing this morning, Minister of State Joe Harmon, confirmed that approval has been granted to the company.
He said there was no delay at the level of cabinet in granting the approval, but noted that the application would have had to be processed by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority before reaching cabinet.
Fly Jamaica has been seeking to spread its wings to various destinations and is expected to soon launch the service to Cuba to take advantage of the increased travel between the two destinations.
Since Guyana eased visa restrictions for Cuban nationals, an average of over five hundred Cubans fly to Guyana every week to do shopping. Most of them are business people.
Guyana has also been developing closer trading ties with Cuba that is expected to see many Guyanese companies increasing their export to the Caribbean island.
Fly Jamaica falls under the Wings Aviation company. The same company owns Air Guyana and it is likely that it will use the Air Guyana brand for the Cuban flights.