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[Guyana] TravelSpan is not an airline – Gouveia

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Aug 12, 2014

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[Guyana] TravelSpan is not an airline – Gouveia
August 11, 2014

As customer dissatisfaction with TravelSpan mounts, Chairman of the Roraima Group of Companies, Captain Gerry Gouveia has pointed out that unlike an airline, TravelSpan is a chartered service and as such, is not susceptible to certain regulations.

Gouveia, during a recent interview with BIZNOW, said TravelSpan is really an agent that charters a service to fly people from one location to a next. “TravelSpan is no airline; an airline is a legal entity. TravelSpan is a travel agent… It is like if you chartered buses to run to Linden, you’re not the bus company but the difference with an airline is that an airline is a legal entity. For you to own planes and operate planes and so on you have to go through an entire long process…you got to have the technical people with the qualifications and experiences and skills and systems and so on and then you are given something that is called an AOC,” he said.

An air operator’s certificate (AOC) is the approval granted by a national aviation authority (NAA) to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes. This requires the operator to have personnel, assets and systems in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public.

The failure of several chartered services that have operated out of Guyana was recently discussed between Gouveia and media practitioner, Enrico Woolford on the radio programme Hard Talk. Gouveia had made it clear that most of the problems travelers out of Guyana have faced were those related to the operation of chartered services. Such services are less regulated and operators do not need to acquire an AOC.

“An AOC is an extremely valuable thing…it takes about a year to get it and even when you get it you have to be continuously looking at the whole issue of safety and security and so on. So TravelSpan is by no means an airline,” Gouveia pointed out.

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