Guyana Airways aiming for October start date
- ...with flights to Caribbean destinations, North America to be added later
A new Guyana Airways is expecting to commence operations in October and will see daily flights to a number of Caribbean destinations and eventually the United States of America. This was revealed by the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman, Colin Abrams.
Very soon, the office at Barrack and High Streets, Kingston would be opened so as to engage stakeholders on some of the services and routes that would be offered by the new airline.
Abrams noted that they were awaiting confirmation from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) as it relates to the acquisition of their licence, which would ultimately give the green light to commence operations.
“We’d hopefully like to commence operations during October after a cruiser training in Miami and we’re shooting for October. That is part of the (Air Operator’s Certificate) AOC licensing process. We have to fly trips and they observe that our trips are flown within the realms of our operating procedures that we wrote in our manuals,” he said.
The Chairman noted that this would be done after checks were made by the GCAA during piloted flights, to verify the company was in keeping with all of the guidelines and standards that were set out initially. The airline will first fly to Cuba, Barbados and Trinidad with more destinations to come in the future as it expands operations.
“We will be flying for the Caribbean for now, simply because Guyana is a category-two country and we aren’t able to fly to North America as a category-two country. So, we will be flying daily to Havana, Cuba and to other parts of the Caribbean like Barbados and Trinidad,” Abrams said.
Meanwhile, it was related that the aircraft to be used is not owned by the company, but would be dry-leased. “The flights are not chartered and we will be dry-leasing the aircraft. We have hired 80 flight attendants so far and in terms of total employees, we have hired close to 120,” Abrams said.