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[Guyana] Air Services Limited adds scheduled flights to Region 7

Unread post by bimjim » Sat Nov 09, 2019

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[Guyana] Air Services Limited adds scheduled flights to Region 7
November 9, 2019

Eight hinterland communities are expected to benefit significantly from the Air Services Limited’s (ASL) official launch of their scheduled flights to hinterland communities in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).

Flights are expected to take off from the Eugene F Correia International Airport every Tuesday and Thursday to Kamarang, Imbaimadai, Chi Chi East and West, Phillispai Paruima, Kaikan, and Ekereku Bottom starting from Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Manager of ASL, Annette Arjoon-Martins said that the company began operations in 1970 with just two Cessna aircraft and has since multiplied to 24 aircraft with a staff count of 230 persons.

She added that ASL is the only commercially approved helicopter operation service in Guyana and will soon branch off to a two-engine helicopter.

Arjoon explained that Region Seven has a perfect opportunity for the country to grow – both in the traditional and the new sectors such as tourism.

“The time has come for us to expand our footprints even further,” she said.

Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams, who hails from Kako Village, Region Seven, in her remarks, expressed how elated she was to know that the people in Upper Mazaruni will benefit significantly from the schedule. She explained that one of the major challenges that the hinterland communities face is transportation from Upper Mazaruni to the city.

Toshao of Paruima, Lee Williams stated that the people of Region Seven would use chartered flights once or twice per month because it is expensive.

Moreover, he explained that the only means of transportation to the village is an eight-hour boat journey from Kamarang to Paruima or a direct flight to the village.

He explained that people of the hinterland community have been trying for years to bring some economics into their community, and after seeing the effects of deforestation in logging and mining, they have decided to tourism.

Still a work in progress, the villagers hope to offer tours to different parts of their communities to showcase their beautiful sceneries.
Meanwhile, Minister Jaipaul Sharmain said that the Guyana Aviation Authority is currently carrying out a two-week risk assessment at the Ogle Airport that will assess the runway and the tower expansion.

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