The Guyana Government has granted approval for the Turks and Caicos Islands-based InterCaribbean Airways as well as the Suriname-based FlyAllways to operate on the Georgetown route.
“We are engaging new airlines to come to Guyana. We have just approved, at the level of Cabinet, two new airlines — FlyAllways and InterCaribbean Airways. There are applications of other airlines that we are considering,” said Public Works Minister Bishop Juan Edghill, who met with travel agents as well as the Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Director General, retired Lieutenant Colonel Egbert Field.
The minister noted, too, that the Government is continuing discussions with the UK-based Virgin Atlantic Airways that had first expressed interest in the Guyana route in 2019.
“This has to go now to the next level. I think the next stage is a call [between] myself and the CEO of Virgin Atlantic to see if … [we] could get some accommodation on the way forward,” Edghill said, adding that the authorities are hoping to attract more airlines with the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
Edghill said the intention is to promote Guyana as a hub for regional travel and international connectivity, and serve as a link between the Caribbean and South America.
“We still want to ensure that we can bring in the wider body jets, carry more passengers with capacity for greater cargo, to being cost down from the economy of scales and perhaps when they get here shuttle them to French Guiana, Brazil, Trinidad back into the Caribbean,” he noted.
Since the reopening of the airport in October last year, more than 60,000 travellers have entered Guyana. Edghill said that number is expected to increase significantly during the course of this year.
The government has also granted approval for JetBlue Airways to operate flights into Guyana.