The departure of an Insel Air flight to Aruba was postponed this morning after the pilot indicated to immigration that he could not accommodate eight Indian nationals who were refused entry to Guyana recently when they arrived on an Insel Air flight from Curacao.
The situation resulted in a two-hour stand-off between immigration officials at the airport and the pilot and crew of the airline.
The eight indian nationals arrived on July 19 on an Insel Air flight but were reportedly unable to provide sufficient information about their visit to Guyana and their place of stay and were therefore denied entry into the country.
Immigration officials indicated to the airline officials, that they have to take the men back out this morning, but the pilot indicated that he does not have available seats on the aircraft to accommodate the men, because it was a full flight.
The eight men were not allowed to board the aircraft and decided to sit down on the tarmac.
Other passengers were also not allowed as immigration and airline officials tried to settle the issue.
Eventually a decision was made for the flight to be cancelled as the airline stuck to its decision and the immigration office also stuck to its decision.
Several passengers voiced frustration over the incident since they were affected. The flight was scheduled to leave Guyana at 6:45am, so many of the passengers were at the airport before 5:00am.
It is unclear when the flight will now leave Guyana.