[GCAA] No coming back for Dynamic Airways

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[GCAA] No coming back for Dynamic Airways

Unread post by bimjim » Thu May 17, 2018

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[GCAA] No coming back for Dynamic Airways
  • – GCAA head predicts in light of poor local customer service
March 23, 2018

HEAD of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Captain Egbert Field does not fancy Dynamic Airways’ chances of ever making a comeback on the local market. He gave as his reason for making such a dire prediction the relatively poor service the company provided its local customers, and its not having enough money to reimburse those passengers who would have been affected by its pull out of the country.

Captain Field made the foregoing observation recently, given that mere weeks after exiting its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection status, the American carrier is already thinking about rebranding and adding to its existing fleet out in the US. Field told the Guyana Chronicle that since Dynamic stopped operating here, the government has been saddled with picking up the tab of reimbursing those passengers it would have inconvenienced.

But with the $40M bond the company lodged as surety being woefully inadequate to service that debt, the government is now left to source the additional funding needed to pay off those passengers in full.
Dynamic made its final flight out of Guyana last October, and left it to the travel agents to inform those passengers it would have left behind that they needed to officially write the company asking for a refund.

But according to Captain Field, in spite of doing as advised, those passengers are yet to receive a dime, because the government is busy trying to source the additional money needed to avoid having to pay them in parts.

“If we wait on Dynamic, the passengers may never get back their money, or it may take months before that happens,” Field said, adding that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is currently dealing with the matter. He said that in addition to having to find the extra money to make the payout, the government is also worried as to how it will reclaim its money from Dynamic after settling its debt.

As to the future of the airline where Guyana is concerned, Field said: “We definitely will not be entertaining them…unless they come really good.” He said that after all the issues the country had with Dynamic, he doubts whether any application of theirs will ever be taken seriously.

Dynamic recently announced that as of March 8, it was out of bankruptcy protection, and would be developing its ACMI charter business under its Eastern Air Lines brand. According to CH-Aviation, the Swiss-based civil aviation news site, Dynamic, in its reorganisation plan, said it would continue to provide charter flights to rebuild its finances, since it sees “substantial unmet public/market need for carriers with wide-body convertible aircraft.” The company has reportedly already begun seeking permission from the American Department of Transportation to increase its fleet beyond the current limit of five “large aircraft” to ten.

Dynamic was also quoted as saying they have the infrastructure and ability to operate 10 aircraft.

Sources say that the Guyanese market remains an extremely lucrative one, and that with an upcoming oil and gas sector and an international airport being constructed to accommodate larger wide-body planes, Guyana’s strategic location between the Caribbean, South, Central and North America, the country may very well remain an ideal operating destination.

Several airlines and charter companies, some out of the US, have been among the numerous operators that have sought to tap into the lucrative Guyanese route. Charter companies in particular have, however, failed miserably at providing reliable, consistent service to the Guyanese public, particularly on the Georgetown-New York route. Guyanese have been subjected to bad service, and paying exorbitant prices when air transport is limited.

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Re: [GCAA] No coming back for Dynamic Airways

Unread post by islandflyer » Sun May 20, 2018

If only the BCAD took the same approach... sigh.

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Unread post by bimjim » Sun May 20, 2018

Field has experience in the CAAs of other countries - in my opinion a very good thing - and as a Guyanese himself he knows full well the abuses to his countrymen in the past by a stream of "fly by night" and semi-serious American carriers - and by Caribbean Airlines. I particularly appreciate his no-nonsense speaking out, because for once a country and the entire region know where an Aviation Chief stands on an issue important to his/her nation.

Only one of the many reasons Barbados is not Category One is because the BCAD is still under the thumb of politicians... the lack of qualifications and clear ongoing incompetence of those who have been appointed to head and to run the Barbados Civil Aviation Department are clear to anyone who knows about aviation in depth. Not to mention the the lack of qualifications and clear ongoing incompetence - and sheer ignorance, possibly also dishonesty - of those politicians.

As recently shown in practical terms, a formerly (twice) bankrupt local carrier in Barbados was handed a fresh AOC without enough pilots, aircraft, engineers, spares and manpower to start a charter service, far less the scheduled service he was applying for. But politics made it all possible... see, the politicians squeezed the BCAD tube, and out popped a brand new AOC.

See how easy that was?

But it's not supposed to be that easy. And right now Category 2 - UNSAFE - is where Barbados belongs.

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