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Suriname closes international airport following first COVID-19 case

(Photo: Yahoo News)

Suriname closed its international airport for a week beginning yesterday, March 14 after the country recorded its first case of the coronavirus Friday.

Paramaribo, Suriname

The recorded case is an individual who travelled from the Netherlands to the country last week, nation’s the vice president, Michael Ashwin Adhin, informed the National Assembly Friday.

Airlines operating in the country were advised on Friday, March 13, that the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, also called the Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport Suriname, will close until Saturday March 21.

A statement from Caribbean Airlines (CAL), said that its flights will be impacted during the period and the affected customers were being contacted.

Caribbean Airlines said confirmed tickets may be rebooked without change fees.

As of midnight yesterday, flights given approval to operate in the country will do so to accommodate the arrival of Surinamese residents only or to the departure of non-Surinamese nationals only.

At 6.30 p.m. on Friday March 13, all airlines operating into Suriname were advised by notice SMJP A0009/20 that the Johan Adolf Pengel International

CAL said “Passengers expected to travel during these dates are advised to contact Caribbean Airlines reservation offices for rebooking on the next available service.”

•          868-625-7200 (Trinidad & Tobago) 

•          1-800-920-4225 (Toll Free North America)

•          1-800-744-2225 (Toll Free Caribbean)

•          1-888-359-2475 (Jamaica) 

What’s more, customers with confirmed tickets for travel to or from the country from March 14 -21, 2020 will be allowed to rebook flights without change fees, subject to the below conditions:

1. Waiver of all fees for tickets rebooked in the same cabin, for travel up to June 30, 2020

2.  Refunds will be based on the applicable fare rules

3. It is mandatory that customers contact Caribbean Airlines BEFORE the scheduled date of travel. 

4. Ability to use ticket for one year from date of issue, for tickets booked on/before March 31, 2020 for travel up until June 30, 2020. No date change fee will apply. However, if there is a difference in fare, fees will apply. 

5.  Al changes must be made through Caribbean Airlines Call Centres or at Caribbean Airlines Ticket Offices.